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Science and arts festivals offer the public the opportunity to engage with science, arts, and the experts, and vice versa. Heriot-Watt staff are involved in festivals all across Scotland and nationally, with activities which often include practical experiments, expert talks and interactive exhibits. Examples of a few we have been involved with in the last few years are below, and this list is ever growing. Contact HW Engage for details of opportunities to meet our experts, or if you are an academic or student, how to get involved.

Annual Events

Dunbar Science Festival

Dunbar's Annual Science Festival takes place in March, a festival that has helped  ensure that the children of south east Scotland have been given great opportunities to get engaged with and inspired by science, technology and engineering, thereby contributing to the next generation of Scottish scientists.  Their aim is to continue to build on this and to reach even more families, teenagers and adults from across the Lothians, Edinburgh, the Borders and beyond.  Lots of Heriot-Watt academics and students get involved every year - get in touch for more information or pop along!

Bang Goes The Borders

The Bang Goes the Borders science festival is a free event co-funded by Heriot-Watt University and takes place every September at St Mary's School Melrose. In 2014 more than 80 scientists got involved, and shared their knowledge with the 1500 visitors!

Midlothian Science Festival

The Midlothian Science Festival runs enjoyable science activities in Midlothian appealing to a large, diverse audience of all ages and backgrounds, from professionals to novices, from science enthusiasts to the merely curious. The events are run in association with Heriot-Watt University, Orkney Science Festival, Dunbar Science Festival and Dundee Science Festival. In 2015, it will run from the 3-18 October, and the organisers are looking for fun activities and talks for all ages.

Orkney International Science Festival

Run in September every year, the vibrant and exhilarating Orkney International Science Festival brings visitors from near and far to it's exhibitions, talks and workshops. In 2015 the festival was from 3-9 September, and celebrated the International Year of Light and the centenary of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

In 2017, the Science Festival Family Day is at the King Street Halls, Kirkwall on Saturday 9 September 10.00-16.00. HWU Scientists will be showcasing and sharing their research at drop-ins and talks. Check out the programme online!