Running 30 March – 14 April, the 2024 Festival explored the theme Shaping the Future

Taking over the city between Saturday 30 March – Sunday 14 April, the 2024 Edinburgh Science Festival included 155 events from hands-on workshops and interactive shows for families, to exhibitions, talks and science nights out for adults.

With the theme Shaping the Future, this year’s Festival explored some of the cutting-edge science and technology that can help us create a future that is sustainable and accessible for all.

Our pop-up science centre returned to City Art Centre, supported by Cirrus Logic, where mini-scientists could get hands-on performing keyhole surgery on a ‘patient’ in ER Surgery and take on the role of a forensic scientist to solve a crime in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

We showcased how biomaterials may be the sustainable solution to combat over consumption in our Growing Home exhibition in the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery.

Popular discussion events included The Secret of Psychology of Magic with Prof Richard Wiseman, Disposing of the Body chaired by BBC Health and Science presenter Laura Foster and the prestigious Edinburgh Medal, presented to pioneering non-profit medical research institute Mario Negri Institute for their dedication to science for social good.