Description: Midlothian Science Festival aims to engage visitors (adults and children) in science and discovery, by putting on a series of events across the Midlothian area. Our events are held in the heart of the community, often in deprived areas, with audiences who would not typically attend science events.
Target Audience: The festival aims to have something for everyone.
Who Gets Involved: Any scientist, any subject, any stage. We are particularly keen to showcase current and historical science originating within Midlothian or done by people living in Midlothian (however, scientists from Edinburgh and beyond are also very welcome to participate).
What Could I do? Researchers can suggest their own events, or contribute to existing ones. Anyone is welcome to suggest / run an event.
Examples from previous festivals include author talks, book groups, family science drop-ins, family workshops, arts and crafts events, science shows, art exhibitions, scientific bike ride, science walks, pond dipping etc. Events with links to current or historical Midlothian scientists or books are particularly encouraged.
The festival also links with nationwide themes, including Year of Natural Scotland 2013, Homecoming 2014 and UNESCO’s International Year of Light 2015 (although not all the events need reflect these themes).
Timescale: This is an annual event in October, and the 2016 festival will be taking place between 8th – 22nd October. Schools outreach occurs during the last week of the October term, and our public program runs during the first week of the October school holidays, giving opportunities to engage with both schools and public audiences.[Please note that our program is put together before the summer holidays. Although we may accept events closer to the festival, they may not be featured in our printed program].