2019

5th – 19th OCTOBER

NEW FESTIVAL DATES

AGM 2019
Jun07

AGM 2019

Our AGM will be taking place on Thursday 27 June starting at 7pm – 8pm, at Loanhead Library, George Avenue, EH20 9LA   The AGM is open to anyone who is interested in knowing a little bit more about the festival.   Sweet treats and  refreshments will be available.       ...

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Deadline Extended
May08

Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for submitting an event or idea for this years festival. The new deadline is Friday 24 May, 12noon. we’re accepting drop-in activities for our family friendly science gala day and also stand-alone events for older children, young adults and older people too.  More information can be found...

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Call for Events and Ideas now OPEN
Apr24

Call for Events and Ideas now OPEN

Here at MSF HQ we are already in the throes of pulling together the start of events and event ideas to create our 2019 programme. We’re already excited to see what might come in from our call for events and ideas – from firm favorites to seeing what new and exiting activities and events are offered…   Contributors and participants  – If you would like to submit an event / activity / idea for this years...

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Get involved in YOUR Festival
Mar18

Get involved in YOUR Festival

New for 2019 we want to get more local individuals and groups involved in our festival from the very start! We would like  local people and community groups to volunteer with us, to help with festival planning, event development and management and various other behind the scenes roles too. OPEN TO ALL TO GET INVOLVED! You can suggest an event for us to run with you group, create an event (with our support) for your local community,...

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Join our Volunteer Creative Team
Mar13

Join our Volunteer Creative Team

Want to gain first-hand experience of Festival and Event Management? Applications for our Volunteer Creative Team are now open. Deadline for application: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 5pm As part of  the team, you’ll have the opportunity to gain experience of what goes on behind the scenes from working with local people/groups, event development, programme planning, partnership working and marketing & communications and then during the...

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2018 – that a wrap!
Jan07

2018 – that a wrap!

2018 once again saw the Midlothian Science Festival continue to grow with over 8000 people taking part across both the schools and public programme. As a charity we rely very much on and are incredibly grateful to all the organisations and individuals who support us. We are a very small team of 1 part-time paid Festival Manager,  10 Creative Team Volunteers, 6 Committee Members and 5 Directors and over 500 volunteers! 2018 saw us work...

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Science Fun at Penicuik Christmas Lights
Jan07

Science Fun at Penicuik Christmas Lights

We had a blast at Penicuik’s Christmas Lights switch on! bringing a little bit of festive science to the proceedings…. we made over 100 glitter density tubes and received some excellent aerodynamically improved designs to Santa’s sleigh with the help of some some rheoscopic fluid spinning disks for inspirations! Lovely to see lots of cheery and festive folk! Thanks so much for inviting us Penicuik.  ...

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2019 Festival Dates
Jan07

2019 Festival Dates

We are delighted to confirm the dates for this year’s Midlothian Science Festival will be:   Saturday 5 Oct – Saturday 19 Oct 2019 (Schools week – Mon 7 – Fri 11 Oct 2019) News coming soon on: Working with Midlothian communities and local groups Volunteer opportunities – As part of our committee, creative team or events team Our 2019 ‘Call for...

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Colour Run photos now LIVE
Jan07

Colour Run photos now LIVE

Did you take part in our Family Colour Run event at Loanhead Library? Make sure you check out all the photos on our facebook page. We had near 450 runners across the two waves! A huge thank you to all the volunteers involved and to the team of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers whom helped marshal and colour throw on the...

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2018 Event Programme Launch
Sep05

2018 Event Programme Launch

We are delighted to announce that our 2018 programme will be available from Thursday 6 September! The programme will be available across Midlothian at libraries, leisure centers, council buildings and other venues involved in the festival. The programme will also be available to download online, and all our event’s will also be listed on the website, to search via date / location / theme. Nearly all of our events are free to...

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Annual General Meeting
Apr30

Annual General Meeting

The Festival’s 2017 AGM is scheduled to take place on: DATE: Tuesday 29 May 2018 TIME: 7:30pm  – 9pm ( refreshments from 7pm)  LOCATION: Loanhead Library  –  George Avenue EH20 9LA Our AGM is open to ALL  and is a great opportunity to find out a little bit more about our festival, the achievements from 2017, plans for 2018 and to meet the current Committee members and volunteer Creative Team members.   You are...

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We want to work with you…
Mar15

We want to work with you…

We want to work more closely with local community groups and organisations to create new and relevant events, uncovering some of the science involved in your groups activities and interests....

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Call for Events and Ideas… OPEN
Mar09

Call for Events and Ideas… OPEN

Our 'Call for Events and Ideas' for our 2018 festival is now OPEN. The deadline for event submissions is Monday 30 April 2018. whether you're a researcher, work in industry, or a festival supporter with an idea, we'd love to hear from you.

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New project with Beeslack Family Disabled Club
Feb13

New project with Beeslack Family Disabled Club

We are very excited to announce a new project for 2018 with Beeslack Family Disabled Club in Penicuik  - bringing science based activities and sessions to the members, their families and carers on Sunday afternoons. 

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2018 Festival Dates
Feb07

2018 Festival Dates

… And it is straight in to the planning for 2018 and we have a real spring in our step here at MSF HQ! This years festival will take place on Sat 6 – Sat 20 October 2018. Watch this space for details on: Call for Events and Idea Ways to get involved Ways to support us

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Support our Festival
Feb07

Support our Festival

You can now support our 2018 festival directly by becoming a ‘Friend of the Festival’. Why should I become a friend of the festival? In 2017, over 90% of our events were free of charge to attend. We need your help to keep the majority of our events free and accessible. We feel passionate that science should be for all, not just those who can pay a large ticket price. Becoming a friend is a great way of providing long-term...

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2017 Report
Feb07

2017 Report

    Our 2017 report is now complete and available. It was another super year for the festival, with a record breaking 8000 people attending our events across the 2 weeks. Thank you so much to everyone who attended our events, we hope you enjoyed it and  a HUGE thank you to all our partners, sponsors, contributors and volunteers. This festival really could not happen without all of your continued effort & support.  ...

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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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