This year’s Edinburgh Science Festival moved from its usual Easter holidays slot and takes place from Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July, exploring the theme of One World: Science Connects Us. 

With programming for the planet at its core, the 2021 Festival focuses on the challenges and opportunities ahead, as the world prepares for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November. 

The Festival presents over 200 events, tours, exhibitions, workshops for children, young people and adults. Over 70% of these events are available online and free to access to anyone around the world. But at heart, the Festival is a deliverer of inspirational live experiences, and is delighted that – while it won’t look quite the same as in a normal year – it is back in the live game, with a focus on getting out & about and interacting with science of all sorts. 

With a ground-breaking 60% of the Festival’s speakers women this year, Edinburgh Science Festival leads the way to gender balance, championing the achievements of women in science and science communication. 

Thanks to a range of walks, tours, outdoor events and collaboration with Festival’s programming partners such as, National Museums Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, this year’s Science Festival has a greater city-wide presence than ever. 

Jenny Gilruth (Culture Minister) said: “The Science Festival is responding to incredibly difficult circumstances by continuing a proud tradition of innovation. 

“This programme offers online and in person experiences that will connect audiences to an excellent line-up of speakers and events highlighting the urgency of taking action to combat the climate crisis. I urge everyone to get involved.” 

Donald Wilson (Culture and Communities Convener) added: “Each year the Edinburgh Science Festival programme makes science and the concepts being explored more accessible and entertaining for audiences of all ages. It was much missed last year and it’s wonderful to see its return.  

Find out more, including details of the full programme here