MSF Brochure 2017 front cover icon7th – 21st OCT 2017


About us

We are a group of innovators, committed to sharing science with communities in Midlothian.


Our directors are:

  • Jane Milne: Customer Services Manager, Midlothian Council
  • Heather McQueen: Associate Director of Teaching Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Philip Wark: Retired head of Midlothian Libraries
  • Sarah Keer-Keer: Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Fiona Maher: Artist and Event Organise


Our festival Manager is Claire Jellema 


In 2017 Freelance Staff working for us were:

  • Lewis Hou worked with schools and provided a Science Ceilidh at Park in the Dark
  • Éamonn Coyne worked on our website and poster design


Our committee members include:

Heather McQueen (University of Edinburgh), Nicola Stock (Roslin Institute), Rachel Archibald (Midlothian Libraries), Kathleen Pullen, Professor Tom Stevenson, Ken Aitchinson (Queen Margaret University), Jo Cooke (Midlothian Rangers Service)

We are a Scottish Registered Charity SC044130

Our registered address is:  Swann Building, Wtccb Max Born Cresent, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 3BF

We are a company limited by guarantee, Company SC446006

Our mission is to:

  • Inspire and engage visitors in science and discovery and build trust between local science centres and local communities.
  • Encourage people to look towards these science centres as places of potential employment, and to understand issues of controversy so that they might become informed citizens involved in decision making.
  • To cultivate curiosity and communicate the power of knowledge and creativity to change our world view;
  • Raise the aspirations of local children and cultivate the next generation of scientific explorers.

Our aims are:

  • To run 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.
  • To provide a non-threatening entry point for local people from a varied demographic area (including rural and deprived areas) to engage with science.
  • To provide role models for careers in the form of festival staff, volunteers and presenters who work in STEM in the local area.
  • To showcase current and historical science originating within Midlothian.
  • To demonstrate Midlothian’s contribution and importance to science and technology at a global level and to broaden the horizons of future generations of scientists.

Our History and success:

Midlothian Science Festival ran for the first time in 2012. We ran over 30 events, with over 100 volunteers, at over 17 locations and over 1000 people attended.

In 2015, around 8000 people attended our events in schools and community venues

Our Key Messages are:

  • Science, engineering and technology are everywhere and is for everyone – regardless of age or background.
  • Science, engineering and technology is a key part of Midlothian’s cultural identity and infuses into all areas including our natural and historic environment, our food and drink, our health care and sporting achievements, and our creative arts.
  • Midlothian has rich history of science, engineering and technology and continues to be a world leader in this field.
  • There are lots of career opportunities within science, engineering and technology in Midlothian.
  • Our local libraries are a key location for accessing STEM resources throughout the year.

Our Advocates:

The following scientists believe in the aims of this festival, and help deliver and promote the festival and its widening participation agenda:

Our Sponsors:

Without our sponsors we cannot run this festival. All our events are free or heavily subsidised, and do not raise income. Most people involved in the festival give their services and time for free. However, the festival needs a dedicated administrator, a printed brochure and a wonderful website and this is where the majority of our costs are spent.