Science Festival offering kids Easter holidays treat

Edinburgh Science Festival.

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The Edinburgh Science Festival focuses on big ideas and brings together great minds from many different disciplines.

From makers of new inventions and political policy, to world-class scientists and ground-breaking artists, they’re all there.

The programme unites pioneering thinkers and aims to foster dialogue about the future of our culture, nation, planet and global understanding.

With events examining urgent questions across a wide range of issues – food, health, energy, environment, mind, art, numbers – the Science Festival calls on audiences to engage with the vital ideas of today and tomorrow.

Amanda Tyndall, Deputy Director of Edinburgh International Science Festival, said: “This year’s Science Festival will celebrate enlightened thinking and doing by drawing together shining lights from the fields of science, technology, engineering, philosophy, the arts and beyond, to mull over some of the big ideas, issues and challenges of our time. But it’s not all serious stuff – there are plenty of sociable science opportunities, with events on everything from to gaming to gin, and beauty to beer.”

Leading scientists appearing at the Festival include Edinburgh-based Nobel Prize winner Prof Peter Higgs, physicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Gaia Theorist James Lovelock, alongside broadcasters Jim Al-Khalili (BBC’s Light and Dark), Hermione Cockburn (BBC’s Coast), Simon Watt (Channel 4’s Natures Giants) and Helen Keen (BBC Radio 4) who join professionals from a range of other disciplines to debate and generate new ideas.

Scottish superstar trials rider and Red Bull athlete Danny MacAskill talks about the nature of focus and what drives him to achieve extraordinary feats (12 April), former hostage Terry Waite joins neuroscientist Sir Colin Blakemore to discuss his experience in captivity in an event exploring mental resilience (9 April), and best-selling author Matt Haig discusses his experience with depression and using mindfulness as a tool for mental well-being (6 April).

The Science Festival also remains the perfect Easter Holiday adventure for families. The City Art Centre will again be transformed into a scientific playground, with lots of activities new for 2015: kids can enter the Carnival of the Mind to discover the secrets of their brain, enjoy science storytelling with Timmy the Turbine and explore the new Under 5s Science Trail.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from Saturday 4 to Sunday, April 19.

Tickets for all events can be booked online via the website or through the Box Office on 0844 557 2686 from 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19.