Glittering ideas light up city science festival

Published: 28 May 2021

Makeovers using biodegradable glitter, live video tours of a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean and a close look at COVID-19 vaccine development are among events involving University of Edinburgh experts at this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival.

A packed programme of online and in-person events celebrating the power of science and the importance of connection has been unveiled by the organisers of the citywide festival.

It will feature more than 200 events, tours, exhibitions, workshops for children, young people and adults, of which 70 per cent are available online and free to access to anyone around the world.

The festival – the world’s first and Europe’s biggest – has this year moved away from its usual Easter holiday dates to take place online and in person between 26 June and 11 July.

The University of Edinburgh is delighted to once again partner with the Edinburgh Science Festival, to help connect people with the wonders of science and the vital role it plays in all of our lives. After such a challenging period, it is pleasing to see how our academics have used so many creative and innovative ideas to devise events for this year’s programme. We especially welcome the Festival’s concerted effort to champion the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Professor Peter Mathieson,Principal and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Edinburgh community plays a key role in the festival. This year dozens of academics will be sharing their expertise and insights, leading events and designing experiences for the public.

Explore the full One World: Science Connects Us programme 


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