Science Festival returns with 2015 programme

The Edinburgh International Science Festival today announced the programme for Spring 2015.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015
Image credit: The Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Festival, which will bring together hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions to celebrate science, will take place over Saturday 4 April - Sunday 19 April taking in the Easter school break.

This year, the Festival aims to transform into 'The Ideas Factory' - a hub of information, ideas and innovation. Some of the events due to grace the city include:

  • Brainwaves - a series examining the mysteries of Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Light & Enlightenment - UN International Year of Light 2015 illuminates Scotland’s greatest minds
  • GastroFest - our mini-festival about the science of food and drink returns
  • Energy & Environment - a series debating our global climate future featuring IPCC Chair
    Dr Rajendra Pachauri
  • Numbers That Matter - probing big data and the stats behind our lives
  • The Reading Experiment - a celebration of science writing in all its forms
  • How the Light Gets In - an exhibition showcasing artists working with light
  • Moral Philosopher Mary Midgley announced as recipient of the Edinburgh Medal 2015 
  • Nobel Prize winner Prof Peter Higgs heads a list of world-leading scientists and speakers
  • Science Festival launches #SciPals half-price scheme for students supported by Siemens

The City of Edinburgh Council is a major funding partner of the Festival. Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the city, commented: “The Edinburgh International Science Festival is always a key highlight in the Spring calendar for both local Edinburgh residents and visitors to the city.

"Anyone visiting the Festival is in for a treat as this year’s programme  is as jam-packed as ever. The Council’s City Art Centre will once again be transformed into a place of pioneering science and magic, and there will be a host of events and activities on offer for families.

"Every year the festival also features lectures from world-leading scientists and speakers, and a highlight for 2015 will be an insight from Professor Peter Higgs who was a recipient of the Edinburgh Award for his influence on the city.”

Full details of the 2015 programme can be found at sciencefestival.co.uk. Tickets for all events can be booked online via the website or through the Box Office on 0844 557 2686 from 11am Thursday 19 February 2015.

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