Summerhall, Edinburgh

Summerhall

1 Summerhall,
Edinburgh
EH91PL
0845 874 3001

April 2014

DNA and Genealogy - Doing It Properly!

Dr Bruce Durie is one of Scotland's best-known genealogists, who just happens to also have a background in molecular biology. Genealogy is a science, and DNA testing is an increasingly important technique, when combined (more)
Wed 16th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Extreme Soldering: Surface Mount Components

Some hackers say surface mount soldering is hard because of the tiny components, but we'll show you it's really not that scary. Including your very own kit to build and take home, this session will show you the tricks (more)
Wed 16th April
6:30pm
£20.00

Cracking the Code: The Genetics of Superheroes

Comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. Simon Watt tackles the big questions: what are real mutants like, and could we use genetics to make us (more)
Wed 16th April - Thu 17th April
4:00pm
£5.00

When Science and the Media Collide

Read all about it! The media shapes public attitudes to science, but what role should they play in reporting it? When does leading us through the research becoming misleading? And where does the responsibility lie when (more)
Wed 16th April
8:00pm
£8.00

Design a Video Game - Full Day

Design, programme and present your very own video game using just an Xbox 360 controller. This session will show you how to add objects, multiple characters and scoring elements and create pathways to build a fun and (more)
Wed 16th April
10:30am
£30.00

Scotland's Time Lords

200 years ago, Scottish geologist James Hutton suggested the Earth was very, very old. 4,600 million years old in fact! But how big a calculator would you need for all those numbers? Help us find out as we build an (more)
Wed 16th April - Fri 18th April
10:30am, 11:45am, 2:15pm, 3:30pm
Free

A Very Short Introduction to... Climate

Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break, this time serving up Prof of Geography at UCL, Mark Maslin. Get your science fix this lunchtime with a bite-sized helping of easily (more)
Wed 16th April
1:00pm
£5.00

Sing and Dance with Mr Boom

Mr Boom - the children's one-man band - arrives from the moon in the spaceship Imagination. Join him in this highly animated show featuring an exciting mix of song, dance and audience participation as you travel on an (more)
Wed 16th April
11:00am
£5.00

Coldest Show on Earth

Luke Warm loves the cold. He wants everything and everyone on the planet to go sub-zero and is exploring ways to carry out his evil plan. Watch what happens when he subjects things to extreme temperatures - it's a (more)
Wed 16th April
1:00pm, 3:00pm
£5.00

Burps of Death?

Beneath the world's oceans and permafrost lurks a deadly threat, methane hydrates. Immense stores of frozen methane which if released could cause super global warming. Were there 'burps of death' in the past which (more)
Wed 16th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Science at the HeART of Things

We put 'Science at the HeART of Summerhall' with a series of specially curated exhibitions and installations showcasing the work of artists inspired by science. Summerhall curator Paul Robertson brings together Bigert & (more)
Wed 16th April - Wed 30th April
11:00am
Free

Techno Threads and Future Fashion

From embroidered circuits to 3D-printed jewellery, new technology is cropping up in our shoes, dresses and fashion accessories. Gaze down the runway at the future of fashion in this show and installation. Explore the (more)
Wed 16th April
8:00pm
£15.00

Madlab

MadLab is an interactive electronics workshop with specially designed circuit board kits available for all ages and abilities. Learn the secrets of soldering then use your skills to assemble your very own gadget. Join a (more)
Wed 16th April - Fri 18th April
10:30am
Free

Computer Science FX

Want to become a master at mindreading or thought control? Understand the science behind these apparent superpowers you learn key principles of computer science and computational thinking, and develop skills in (more)
Wed 16th April - Fri 18th April
11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
£5.00

Code-a-kilt

A unique introduction to programming as you create your very own tartan using simple code. Print your design and take it home to show off your newfound programming knowledge to your family and friends. Great fun and no (more)
Thu 17th April
10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm
£5.00

Philosophy in the Playground: Does technology make you smarter?

Technology not only helps us, it also changes us. Children now carry around sophisticated computers in their pockets. Does this change them for the better (make them smarter?) or worse? Dr Mark Sprevak, Lecturer in (more)
Thu 17th April
10:30am
Free

The Minotaur Forum: A Lay-Person's Guide to Genetically Modifying Your Own Monstrous Hybrid

Imagine you wanted to create a monster. Today. Maybe tomorrow (need to plan first). What would be required? Have you completed the necessary risk assessments? Join leading scientists from the universities of Edinburgh (more)
Thu 17th April
8:00pm
£8.00

Body Builders

Join Dr Watson and Nurse Treat It Better in our special teaching hospital as they meet a range of comedy patients who illustrate common ailments. This fast moving and hilarious show demonstrates how your body is put (more)
Thu 17th April
2:00pm
£5.00

Day or Night

Join Benny and Jack on a journey of discovery as they learn what children in different places around the world are up to exactly the same time. Why is one child getting up just as another goes to bed? Mindboggling (more)
Thu 17th April
11:00am
£5.00

Richard Wiseman's Night School

Prof Richard Wiseman is on a mission to put the world to sleep. For the past year he has explored the new science of sleep and dreaming, conducted experiments into sleep-learning, and assembled the world's largest (more)
Thu 17th April
8:00pm
£8.00

A Very Short Introduction to... Physical Chemistry

Food for Thought lets you get your teeth into some science on your lunch break; this time tackling physical chemistry with respected popular science writer Prof Peter Atkins of the University of Oxford. In this (more)
Thu 17th April
1:00pm
£5.00

Beta-Life: Short Stories from A-Life Future

Artificial life (A-Life) is becoming increasingly important, not just to scientists, but to the wider global community. The growing challenges we face (energy, the environment, a changing demographic profile...) will (more)
Thu 17th April
8:00pm
£8.00

What Scientists Read

What DO scientists read? And what role does literature play in contemporary scientific thought and practice? Drawing on results from the ongoing What Scientists Read project, acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds and BBC (more)
Thu 17th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Walking like Dinosaurs

Ever wondered how Triceratops trotted or Spinosaurus sprinted? If you're an aspiring palaeontologist, or just curious about the locomotion of long extinct beasties, join Dr Phil Manning (BBC One's Walking With (more)
Thu 17th April - Fri 18th April
3:00pm
£5.00

Build A Games Controller with MaKey MaKey - Half Day

MaKey MaKey is a clever invention kit that lets you transform everyday objects into computer touchpads. This fun interactive session will show you how to build games controllers with everything from Play-Doh to pencils (more)
Thu 17th April
10:30am, 2:00pm
£15.00

Sperm Warfare

So you've found a healthy, fertile mate, you've fought off your rivals and you've convinced them that you are what they were looking for. Sorted! But the reproductive race is far from over, my friend. We have entered (more)
Thu 17th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Where Worlds Collide

Join us for an eclectic evening of intriguing entertainment exploring what happens when the worlds of science and words collide, creating a unique atmosphere rich in poetry, literature, comedy and facts about (more)
Fri 18th April
8:00pm
£8.00

Build A Games Controller with MaKey MaKey - Full Day

MaKey MaKey is a clever invention kit that lets you transform everyday objects into computer touchpads. This fun interactive session will show you how to build games controllers with everything from Play-Doh to pencils (more)
Fri 18th April
10:30am
£30.00

Marcus Chown's Top 10 Bonkers Things About The World

Popular science writer Marcus Chown was set a challenge: write about everything. So he did; in his book, What A Wonderful World. Everything from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human origins to the (more)
Fri 18th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Conflicting Opinions?

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, we explores the sometimes uneasy relationship between science and the defence industry. In a sadly unstable world, global security relies increasingly on technology. (more)
Fri 18th April
5:30pm
£8.00

Elephant Toothpaste Show in British Sign Language

Dr Audrey Cameron and Gary Quinn are Brainy and Brawny as they demonstrate science experiments in British Sign Language. Join them to discover exploding pop rockets, how to make elephants' toothpaste and other magic in (more)
Fri 18th April
11:00am, 2:00pm
£5.00

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

After winning the Creative Edinburgh Unite Award in 2013 for bringing creative people together, the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is back - this time bigger, shinier and with more knobs on! Filled with novel gadgets, (more)
Sun 20th April
10:00am
£3.00

May 2014

Science at the HeART of Things

We put 'Science at the HeART of Summerhall' with a series of specially curated exhibitions and installations showcasing the work of artists inspired by science. Summerhall curator Paul Robertson brings together Bigert & (more)
Thu 1st May - Sat 24th May
11:00am
Free
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