Explore the wonders of Heriot-Watt life at world’s best science festival



Heriot-Watt University is appearing in Europe's longest-running science festival – exploring the wonder and diversity of life.

Over the Easter holidays, workshops and open days will take place to bring the University and its research to life as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

From meeting the inventors of a 'biosensor' egg to discovering what robots think about when there's nobody else around, there's a range of activities for all age groups.

And as part of Heriot-Watt's Year of the Seas, there will also be an opportunity to join marine scientists and get up-close and personal with some wee sea beasties from around Scotland's shores and discover more about the animals that live beneath the waves.

The programme of events ends with a grand finale at Oriam - Scotland's National Performance Centre for Sport - where visitors will be able to get hands-on with cutting edge research.

Oriam will be transformed into an underwater world with robot construction, froth, foam and bubbles.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to take virtual reality tours, see microbes cleaning up oil spills, see the tiny world with smartphone microscopes, and explore how university researchers work with light and sound under the water.

There will also be storytelling with Orsom the Octopus, Crystal Maze style challenges, Scottish Seabird Centre activities, and hands on fun with the universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Napier.

Dr Laura Wicks, from Heriot-Watt said: “We're delighted to be once again, taking part in this well-loved science festival.

“The events are both fun and informative and there's plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy.

“It's the chance to get involved in exciting, mysterious and interactive science and these events are all about opening our doors and delving into the secrets of our research.”

The Heriot-Watt events take place from 5 April to 14 April.