The Edinburgh Science Festival is the UK’s largest Science Festival with almost 270 events for families and adults over the course of two weeks. 

The theme for the 2020 festival is the environment. Inspired by the ancient elemental classifications of earth, air, fire and water - and a new fifth element 'aether'- the festival will explore creativity, science, technology, engineering and maths, and how humans as both individuals and a collective can use these disciplines to solve the environmental challenges facing earth. 

Families can look forward to a jam-packed programme of fun and educational events and activities, including a five-floor science playground at City Art Centre, with hands-on workshops and shows for all ages. For adults, the programme will feature discussions, debates, workshops, tastings and nights out, all with a scientific twist.


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.