In 2018, the festival’s 30th year, the theme was ‘Life, the Universe and Everything Else You Can Think Of’ and it explored what it means to be alive in the 21st century.

Over the space of two weeks more than 250 events took place at venues across the city, including exhibitions, shows, discussions, workshops and hands-on activities for both adults and children. At the City Art Centre, five floors of hands-on science were available for families to explore, including mummifying apples, digging for dinosaur bones and building circuits.

The theme for the 2019 festival will be ‘Frontiers’, with an extensive programme of events available nearer the time.

With science-based comedy, theatre performances and food and drink events, as well as talks and discussions on a range of topics, the festival demonstrates just how inspiring and entertaining science can be.


The Edinburgh International Science Festival was the first event of its kind in the world and is still Europe’s biggest. Founded in 1989 as an education charity to encourage people to discover the wonders of the world, this two week-long festival was developed to celebrate science and technology and communicate the excitement and benefit both can bring.

Throughout the year, the festival also runs a touring education programme in Scotland, including interactive science shows for schools, as well as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focused career fair.


Here’s a glimpse of what went on at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 2018. This popular event is where creators demonstrate their inventions, experiments and works in progress in an inspiring, hands-on environment.