Science festivals, events and centres

Here is a list of websites giving details of some of the science-related events, festivals, centres and visitor attractions in Scotland.

Science festivals

  • Edinburgh International Science Festival
    Takes place annually in April. Find out more on the Edinburgh International Science Festival website.
  • Orkney International Science Festival
    Takes place annually in September. Contact science@orkney.org for more information, or find them on on Facebook at Orkney International Science Festival and get Festival updates on Twitter on @OrkSciFest.
  • TechFest
    The only annual science and technology festival staged in the north-east of Scotland that is open to children and adults of all ages. It aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The festival has a public programme, a primary schools programme, and secondary schools programme. For more information or to receive updates contact TechFest-SetPoint.

 Scientific centres and visitor attractions

  • Deep Sea World (North Queensferry)
    The underwater tunnel alone makes this Fife attraction well worth a visit.
    www.deepseaworld.com
  • Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
    An ideal venue if you are into butterflies, spiders, snakes and scorpions. Animal handling and feeding can be part of the experience.
    www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk
  • Edinburgh Zoo
    One hundred years old in 2013, the zoo has several special attractions, not least of them two giant pandas on loan from China.
    www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
  • Glasgow Science Centre
    The centre has over 300 interactive science exhibits, and a floor devoted to BodyWorks, an exhibition that explores the science behind human health and well-being. Schools can arrange visits as part of the centre's education programme
    www.glasgowsciencecentre.org
  • National Museums of Scotland (Edinburgh)
    Sometimes the opening of new high-profile science centres make us forget that there have been interactive, hands-on science centres available to us for a long time. The National Museums of Scotland continue to offer a wide range of interesting things to see and do.
    www.nms.ac.uk
  • Natural History Centre
    Using the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Zoology Museum and a hands-on activity classroom, this environmental education centre at the University of Aberdeen aims to interest everyone in our living world.
    www.abdn.ac.uk/nhc/
  • Our Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh)
    Tells the story of our planet in approximately 90 minutes!
    www.dynamicearth.co.uk
  • Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh)
    This site gives information on the Royal Botanic Garden and some of the other botanic gardens in Scotland.
    www.rbge.org.uk
  • Royal Observatory Visitor Centre (Edinburgh)
    Housed in an 1894 Observatory, this centre contains several exhibition areas, two telescopes and a gift shop.
    www.roe.ac.uk/vc/
  • Satrosphere (Aberdeen)
    Aberdeen's hands-on discovery centre.
    www.satrosphere.net
  • National Museum of Science and Industry (London)
    Although this museum is based in London, their website, giving access to online exhibitions and a host of other information, allows this to be included here.
    www.nmsi.ac.uk
  • Scotland's Secret Bunker ('somewhere' near St Andrews)
    During the Cold War this bunker served as a communications centre and was intended to house Scotland's senior ministers and other key personnel in the event of a nuclear strike. A public visitor attraction since 1994, the bunker now serves as a sinister reminder of recent history. The site includes a map.
    www.secretbunker.co.uk
  • Sensation (Dundee)
    Dundee's innovative science centre, offering unique interactive exhibits.
    www.sensation.org.uk/

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