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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.

Burps of Death?

Beneath the world's oceans and permafrost lurks a deadly threat, methane hydrates. Immense stores of frozen methane which if released could cause super global warming. Were there ‘burps of death’ in the past which changed global climate and caused extinctions? Prof Mark Maslin of the Department of Geography at University…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 16 Apr

£8 (£4) / 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.

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

Wed 16 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.

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.

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.

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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

Wed 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 17 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Climate

Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break, this time serving up Prof of Geography at UCL, Mark Maslin. Get your science fix this lunchtime with a bite-sized helping of easily digestible knowledge from Mark as he considers the global climate system, including the processes that allow…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 16 Apr

£5 (£2.50) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Do science and sport really mix? Can the use of technology take place on a truly level playing field? In the year of the Commonwealth Games, this audience-based debate with rugby star Scott Hastings, Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike and sports journalist Graham Speirs will explore the benefits, problems and ethical…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 16 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

Conversation with Takács Quartet

One of the world's great music ensembles talks to music critic Richard Morrison about its artistic vision.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with The Tallis Scholars

Conversation with one of the leading exponents of Renaissance music in the world.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Conversation with Ute Lemper

The iconic German cabaret star discusses her life and work with Jamie MacDougall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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