Research showcase at Falkirk Science Festival



Falkirk Science Festival
An art piece created last year by artist Jen Collier as an example for a 'Stamp Your Own Pet Robot' family workshop

From creative printmaking to the science behind a healthy ageing brain, academics from Heriot-Watt University are to share their expert insight at this year’s Falkirk Science Festival.

Now in its 4th year, The Falkirk Science Festival returns tomorrow (May 11) with some of Scotland’s top scientists, researchers, and industry leaders. This year, a whole host of activities from 11-27th May will feature Heriot-Watt researchers that includes a new neuroscience strand, delving into the science behind our senses, as well as the return of HW Engage’s Borrow A Researcher series.

The Festival will also showcase the Women in Science pop up exhibition from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which features Scotland’s leading female scientists.

Dr Laura Wicks, Public Engagement Lead at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Our scientists are at the forefront of their respective fields, pushing boundaries and expanding understanding of the world around us.

“By showcasing their innovative research and sharing their knowledge, they are helping inspire the next generation of scientists and ignite a lifelong curiosity in the wonders of the scientific world.

“The Falkirk Science Festival is a fantastic event and we really can’t wait to get started.”  

As part of the Borrow A Researcher programme, Heriot-Watt staff will carry out a host of activities focused on Psychology, Microscopic studies, Robotics, Quantum Technology and Physics. 

You can get hands-on as part of the family programme, with the Microscopy Photography workshop returning, along with Artist and Art Educator Jen Collier delivering a tote bag printmaking workshop at The Falkirk Wheel. Alongside that, there will be the ‘Marginal Gain for Brighter Brains’ event with a Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas show and ‘The Science of the Senses: The Aging Brain’. 

To explore the full programme and to book tickets visit the website.


Craig McManamon

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