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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2008

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2008 marks the Edinburgh International Science Festival's 20th birthday, with 12 days of awe inspiring and spectacular events, discussions and lectures and offers visitors of all ages an unforgettable experience. Events are taking place at venues throughout the city including the Botanics, the National Museums of Scotland and Assembly Rooms.



Families will be able to enter a burial chamber to unwrap an Egyptian mummy, take a journey through the Amazon jungle at night, scrub up and go into surgery, meet Skeletron the UK's Champion rope climbing Robot, star in their own video and, if that's not enough, climb aboard a lab in a lorry parked outside the Assembly Rooms.

The Edinburgh Medal

At a time when a global response to climate change is becoming ever more urgent, two prominent campaigners with global profiles, Prof Chris Rapley and Prof James Lovelock, share a platform in the highlight of the talks programme. Recipient of the 2008 Edinburgh Medal, Rapley likens the early 21st Century to a ‘cross roads for humanity'. Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia theory, holds perhaps one of the starkest outlooks for the earth's climate believing that we should plan not for sustainable ‘development' but a sustainable ‘retreat'.

Talks Programme

A separate programme for adults and young people features some of 2008's hottest topics, from climate change to deep space, from hypnosis to renewable technologies and from stem cell research to the performance of the human body in extreme conditions.

Also at the festival

Visitors can find out what climate change is doing to our planet and what they can do about it at the Royal Botanic Gardens and there are workshops and shows ranging from Dr Bunhead to How to Make The Perfect Poo at Discover Science with the University of Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland. Other Science Festival venues include The Museum of Flight in East Lothian, Our Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

Generation Science

Edinburgh International Science Festival's schools touring programme Generation Science is now on the road. Its programme of seventeen shows and workshops linked to the curriculum, aims to reach over 61,000 primary school children throughout Scotland this year. To find out more visit

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