The Best of Scottish Science

12-5pm Sunday 1st April and
10am-5pm Monday 2nd to
Wednesday 4th April, 2012
Our Dynamic Earth

Entrance to 'Best of Scottish Science' is free! Dynamic Earth

The Royal Society of Edinburgh Royal Society 2011
Royal Society 2010
Edinburgh International Science Festival


Meet the minds behind seven of Scotland's most exciting scientific advances selected for the Royal Society's prestigious annual international summer science exhibition

From invisibility cloaks to obesity, seeing atoms and the birth of a new ocean...
try out the interactive exhibits and question the scientists themselves about your discoveries.


Culture Evolves

Does culture really separate humans from the rest of nature? No! Discover the roots of culture in apes, meerkats and other animals, and how human cultures themselves evolve. Try your hand at learning a chimp tradition, contributing to the evolution of 'spaghetti towers' or shaping a new language! [more...]


Fat Body Slim
Shape Matters

Apple or pear? Which shape are you and why does it matter? Explore the link between obesity and chronic health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Join us to discover your body shape and step inside the BodPod to find out more … [more...]


Arctica Islandica
The Longest Lived
Animal on Earth

Living to over 400 years old, the marine clam Arctica islandica is helping scientists investigate climate change and ageing processes. Like tree rings, the annual layers forming the clam's shell can be used to measure its age as well as acting as a natural archive of changes in its environment. [more...]


Stem Cells for
Blood Transfusion?

Stem cells could provide a limitless supply of infection-free red blood cells for use in clinical blood transfusion. See how stem cells develop into red blood cells and find treatments for Stemcell Stella in our 'lab of the future'. [more...]


Fast & Furious
Witnessing the Birth of Africa's New Ocean

Geology is slow, right? Wrong! In Ethiopia today scientists are watching Africa split apart in front of their eyes. Come with us as we travel to the hottest place on Earth to see how oceans are born. [more...]


Light Source
Enabler of New Science

Diamond Light Source (DLS) accelerates electrons to high speeds generating bright light rays that allow scientists to see the atoms and molecules that make up our world. Meet some of the scientists using DLS to help solve scientific problems: from working towards better drugs to finding sustainable energy solutions, and much more. [more...]


Invisibility Science
Geometry & Light

Invisibility has been a subject of fiction for millennia, from the myths of the ancient Greeks and Germans to modern novels and films. Now fascinating new developments in optics have resulted in a new science of invisibility - although it will still be a long time before you can get a real invisibility cloak from your nearest shop. Meet some of the scientists doing the research and see things disappear right in front of your eyes. [more...]