Your pick of the very best science festivals across the UK for 2012
World-famous sites provide an island setting for one of the world’s oldest science festivals, with a reputation for continually probing the cutting edges of ideas. There is relativity and quantum theory, studies of the history of science; marine renewables, archaeology and art/science collaborations. The sound of the sea is never far away from events, with local food and drink to the fore. There are talks and outings, concerts and ceilidhs. Venues include a 17th-century country house and a 12th-century cathedral.
2012 sees Edinburgh International Science Festival deliver a vibrant programme that celebrates ideas and embraces discovery, innovation and creativity in all walks of life. For families there’s the chance to get hands-on with a wide range of interactive exhibits and workshops in some of Edinburgh’s best-loved attractions. For those looking for a night out with a difference, don’t miss our after-hours events as we bring science and scientists out of the lab to create all sorts of new and unexpected experiences.s.
Tel: 0844 557 2686
The British Science Festival is back in Aberdeen after nearly 50 years. The world has fundamentally changed since then and we want to showcase the latest in science, technology and engineering. Boost your brain power with our fascinating Award Lectures, get some food for thought with our lunchtime talks, or you might just fancy experimenting with the kids for some wholesome family fun. Go on, energise your mind from 4-9 September at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen.
Email: 08457 807 207
Science live at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. With over 20 fascinating interactive exhibits you can try your hand at the science changing our world and question the scientists themselves about the exciting advances they are working on, from tracking storms to the science of laughter. Also featuring a host of free events and activities.
Tel: 0207 451 2244
Times Cheltenham Science Festival welcomes hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers to the town for six jam-packed days of debate, discovery, experiments, and enjoyment. The festival theme of Re:Generation will inspire some pretty big questions as energy, medicine, technology, health and the future of society all come under the microscope. The full line-up of speakers will soon be announced, but you can look forward to Cheltenham’s trademark mix of outstanding scientists, popular faces and comedy geniuses joining the debate.
Tel: 01242 505 444
The annual Astronomy Festival at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux is packed with activities, including camping under the backdrop of the observatory domes, lectures, amateur radio demonstrations, trade stalls, family fun day, fund-raising raffl es, beer tent, telescope tours, planetarium shows and viewing through some of the country’s largest telescopes (weather permitting). Come and soak up the incredible atmosphere among the domes and telescopes of this fabulous historic site.
Tel: 01323 832731