Red squirrels struck by medieval strain of leprosy
Mar21

Red squirrels struck by medieval strain of leprosy

An international team of researchers led by Professor Anna Meredith, Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Midlothian, have identified two species of bacteria linked to outbreaks of leprosy in UK red squirrels. DNA samples from red squirrels in England, Scotland and Ireland revealed evidence of infection with Mycobacterium lepromatosis and Mycobacterium leprae, both of which...

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2017  Festival dates – 7th – 21st October
Mar14

2017 Festival dates – 7th – 21st October

We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2017 festival Saturday the 7th October until Saturday the 21st October. Our programme of events will be, as usual varied, rich, stimulating and accessible as we aim to reach out to people who might not normally come to a science event.  ...

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2016 Festival all wrapped up – Read our report
Feb03

2016 Festival all wrapped up – Read our report

DOWNLOAD our annual report and find out  about the 2016 festival.  What do you think of us? How are we funded? Where did our events run and how many folk turned out?  How long do people stay at our events? We collected over 700 evaluation forms during our two week festival and in the report, you will find a summary of the findings. We couldn’t fit all the feedback into the report, but we do look at every single item...

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The Dog days are over…
Nov30

The Dog days are over…

On Sunday 9th October 2016 the sun came out to play at the Midlothian Science Festival event at Vogrie, and so did a small army of dogs, bringing their families and loved ones with them: this was Dog Day. The day was the product of woven interaction between a vast array of canine loving parties; the Midlothian Dog Training club, the Royal Dick Vet School (vets and students including many from the Jeanne Marchig Centre for Animal...

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Big thank you!
Nov15

Big thank you!

The 2016 Midlothian Science Festival reached over 7,500 people, and we would like to sincerely thank all who support us.  Donors, contributors and volunteers, and all of the amazing people who come to our events.  This year’s festival was a huge success.  Here are a selection of images from just 3 of our 85 public events! Watch this space for news of our 2016  report, where you will be able to see details of all our supporters...

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Midlothian Rocket Blast Winner 2016
Nov07

Midlothian Rocket Blast Winner 2016

Imelda Milestone came with her mum and dad to launch her rocket at Mayfield library gala day.  Imelda and her dad built the rocket at Gorebridge library.  Running late, they arrived at the end of the Mayfield launch session.  All the other rockets had been launched, and a winner seemed clear.  Imelda’s rocket took first prize with a clear distance of 60 metres!   A dramatic end to this year’s competition.   Imelda and her...

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Escape the Cell
Oct13

Escape the Cell

An escape room! Your team must work to crack codes in order to escape. Using real biological codes. Brilliant fun for teenagers and adults.. All must contribute.

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Phantasmagoria – fantastic images!
Oct12

Phantasmagoria – fantastic images!

Come and enjoy an evening in the newly refurbished historic Corn Exchange, hear about the history of photography and view a Victorian travelogue of historic images using a magic lantern!

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SCI-FUN at Dalkeith Arts Centre and Library
Oct10
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Dolly Memories – 20 years on
Oct09

Dolly Memories – 20 years on

It's the 20th Anniversary of the birth of Dolly the Sheep at the Roslin Institute and this pop up exhibition at Ikea from 10th to 18th OCt will show of the memories collected. Add a contribution via our Dolly Memories Postcard.

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Newtongrange Science Afternoon
Oct09

Newtongrange Science Afternoon

Join us at the library as we entice you to learn about physics, maths and brains! Through fun, interactive activities, researchers from the University of Edinburgh will show you a little of their world.

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IKEA – All things glowing
Sep23

IKEA – All things glowing

Drop into Ikea and make a glow in the dark night-light and have some fluorescence fun. Learn why some things light up in the darkness then have a go at making some glowing objects of your own.

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Pub Quiz – Rosslyn Original Hotel
Sep23

Pub Quiz – Rosslyn Original Hotel

Give your brain cells a workout at our traditional pub quiz. Get a team together (maximum 6). Yes, there will be a science round - and a Dolly the Sheep prize!

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Volcano and Dino Day
Sep22

Volcano and Dino Day

Join in the fun as we transform the Glencorse centre and explore the amazing world of Volcanoes and Dinosaurs in a series of workshops and drop in activities.

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Science Alive Gala Day
Sep12

Science Alive Gala Day

This year we present the superb dome film experience Cell! Cell! Cell! This is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are. Come and view inside the full dome from Cosmos! Film costs £2, There are lots of slots during the day. Book online to make sure you get a slot to experience Cell! Cell! Cell! *arrive 5 mins before hour showing time.

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Park in the Dark
Sep12

Park in the Dark

'Light' entertainment for all the family! Make and bring along a lantern for the parade and maybe win a prize! Music, and reflections on the science of light.

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Easter Bush Campus Open Day
Sep11

Easter Bush Campus Open Day

Visit the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus and see behind the scenes at The Roslin Institute building, home to scientists from The Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College. Meet our scientists and vets from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, hear about their work, take a tour of the building and get hands-on with fun activities suitable for all the family. Dolly’s café at The Roslin Institute will be open...

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Dogday: The science behind the wag
Sep11

Dogday: The science behind the wag

Ever wondered why dogs do what they do or why they look as they do? Find out with experts in dog behaviour and canine researchers from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, at a fun afternoon of dog science for all the family (dogs included). Ask our panel of experts all your dog behaviour questions and find out how scientists are linking dog’s DNA to everything from the...

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Science on the Wild Side at Vogrie
Sep11

Science on the Wild Side at Vogrie

Come and celebrate science outdoors at Vogrie with the Ranger Service and a host of scientists. Out in the park, help diagnose sick trees with tree health scientists, find out what’s lurking in the pond or try and spy some archaeology. Under canvas drop in to a treasure chest of bugs and bones, make your own archaeology jigsaw, explore butterfly DNA. Thought you knew the difference between solids and liquids – think again! Guided...

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It’s here!
Aug30

It’s here!

Our lovely green brochure has arrived.  It will be ready to download from the website from next Monday, the 5th Sept. Here is our front cover, to entice you for what’s coming in October. From the 5th September, the brochure will be available to download, and will be appearing in Libraries, Leisure cent-res, pubs, and shops throughout the Lothians. It will be in all Midlothian school children’s bags during the  the week of...

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