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Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Science of Lego

The LEGO group produce about 19 billion elements per year, but what makes a simple plastic construction so popular? How strong are LEGO bricks and how does plastic choice affect stability and colour? Edinburgh artist in LEGO bricks, Warren Elsmore, explores all this and more in a fun and informative lecture. Presented by…

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£7.50; Children £5; Family £32) / 0131 220 1232

Ticket includes view of the Brick Wonders exhibition. Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Skeptics at the Science Festival

Returning for another year to Edinburgh’s spooky Banshee Labyrinth, the Edinburgh Skeptics will delve into the world of strange and unexpected science with some very different speakers providing a skeptical and insight into some surprising topics. A unique opportunity to enjoy an entertaining and relaxed evening of…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Botanics Late: Indigenous?

An after-hours event at the gardens, with live music, exhibitions, activities, a bar and a chance to view Corin Sworn's exhibition.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Cosmologies, Faith and the Environmental Crisis

How do different cosmologies affect the way we treat the environment? Chair Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh leads speakers Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh in discussion with other…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Expert Witness

Forensic medicine is without a doubt one science’s most fascinating subjects. Join Prof Antony Busuttil, Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Forensic Medical Examiner, best known to the public as the pathologist who dealt with the horrors of the Lockerbie bombing and the Dunblane…

Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Marcus Chown's Top 10 Bonkers Things About The World

Popular science writer Marcus Chown was set a challenge: write about everything. So he did; in his book, What A Wonderful World. Everything from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human origins to the human brain, plus all sorts of things in between. Did you know you are 1/3 mushroom? That you could fit…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Conflicting Opinions?

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, we explores the sometimes uneasy relationship between science and the defence industry. In a sadly unstable world, global security relies increasingly on technology. Although bound by complex codes and international law, research and engagement funding raises moral…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Laponia: Nature and Natives

An exploration of conflicts between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists in the Laponia region of northern Sweden, one of the best preserved wilderness areas on the continent. With anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£6 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Richard Wiseman's Night School

Prof Richard Wiseman is on a mission to put the world to sleep. For the past year he has explored the new science of sleep and dreaming, conducted experiments into sleep-learning, and assembled the world's largest archive of dream reports. Join Richard as he uncovers the power of the sleeping mind, revealing how you can…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Scotland in the Soft Power Era

Discussion featuring Professor Chris Breward, Vice Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Professor John Holden, cultural relations expert.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Perfect Mix?

With September’s referendum drawing ever closer, there are some big questions to be asked about the future of Scotland’s energy in the next of our Scotland Decides series. What is Scotland’s perfect energy mix? Would independence help us to make the most of the nation’s renewable know-how? Could the lights stay on in a…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Road to 11 November

Discussion chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham on the 1918 ceasefire.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

Discussion on the battles on the Italian North East Front.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Where Worlds Collide

Join us for an eclectic evening of intriguing entertainment exploring what happens when the worlds of science and words collide, creating a unique atmosphere rich in poetry, literature, comedy and facts about dinosaurs*. Electric Bookshop explores how technology influences publishing, a selection of other original…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Physical Chemistry

Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break; this time tackling physical chemistry with respected popular science writer Prof Peter Atkins of the University of Oxford. In this bite-sized yet insightful introduction to a branch of chemistry often perceived as daunting Peter takes in…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£5 (£2.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Behind the Scenes in Science Publishing

Join Michael Rodgers, editor of science writing classics including Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, and author and academic Prof Peter Atkins for a behind glimpse behind the scenes of the world of science publishing. Discover the challenges of writing about science, the workings of the world of publishing and the…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Beta-Life: Short Stories from an A-Life Future

Artificial life (A-Life) is becoming increasingly important, not just to scientists, but to the wider global community. The growing challenges we face (energy, the environment, a changing demographic profile…) will require inherently inter-disciplinary strategies. A-Life and unconventional computing technologies will play…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Bitter Music: Harry Partch’s Diary with David Moss

David Moss presents part of the musical text to accompany the staging of his last great opera Delusion of the Fury.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Contemporary Military Operations – Risks and Responsibilities

A discussion on military operations by a man who has been there and done that.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with Hebrides Ensemble

Conversation with one of Scotland's most dynamic chamber groups, with a team of world-class players and a strong commitment to new music.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with Samuel Pisar

A discussion about the narration of Bernstein's Kaddish symphony.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with Stan Douglas

Fiona Bradley, Fruitmarket Gallery Director talks with the Canadian artist about his film and Helen Lawrence.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 25 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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