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Edinburgh International Science Festival 2013

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Edinburgh International Science Festival (23 March - 7 April 2013)

It's a little known fact that Edinburgh pretty much invented the concept of a Science Festival, so it's not surprising that it plays host to one of the biggest in Europe. Over 70,000 visitors are expected over two weeks, whether they're here to see big bangs or big names from science and TV.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival creates and presents hundreds of events for adults, children and families across the city over two weeks around the Easter break. Celebrating 25 years of introducing audiences of all ages to innovative and entertaining science, this year the Festival looks to the future offering talks, workshops, experiments, activities and events on such diverse themes as our food, our play, our cities and our medicine.

EISF Director Simon Gage and Richard Wiseman

This year's programme isn't released until 31 January, so details remain top secret. (Update: it's here!) The 2012 festival featured more than 200 events, including food foraging with an expert from River Cottage, robot dance routines, the physics of DJing and a mass experiment that created the largest database of dreams ever. There were even mobile science workshops roving round Edinburgh on special bicycles.

One 2013 event has already been announced: the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire on 7 April 2013. Described as "the hottest show (and tell) in town", this event will bring creative and ingenious DIY tinkerers together to show off their work using exhibits and workshops in a family-friendly, creative environment. Examples of the sort of homemade projects you might see range from robotics, 3D printing, and wearable technology through to traditional crafts like blacksmithing and crochet. You could walk away from the faire having learned a new skill like soldering.

It's a great time to bring your children to Edinburgh. Many of the daytime shows are aimed at different age groups of children. In the evening, the focus switches to events for grown-ups right through to LateLab's sociable, interactive nights for adults.

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