Day 1 Saturday 17th

Welcome to Day One of our first virtual Midlothian Science Festival. Each day we’ll release a new page of links to content about the science on your doorstep, and further afield. Every day there’ll be things to read, videos to watch and of course experiments for you to do at home!

As ever, the Midlothian Science Festival is all about sharing science with people in Midlothian, and we need your help! Spread the news, follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook, share our posts and most importantly. tag us on social media and add your pictures to let us know what you’re enjoying about Midlothian Science Festival 2020.

Find us on Twitter @MidlothSciFest and on Facebook @MidlothianScienceFestival and tag us using #MSFonline


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Take photos of your dog for the DogFace Project! The DogFace team are researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, who are working in collaboration with the Worldwide Veterinary Service to help improve the lives of street dogs all over the world. do

DogFace Project


global bird weekend


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The weekend of 17th and 18th October is Global Bird Weekend. This is your chance to join in with other bird watchers across the world.


Global Bird Weekend



Image (c) Jamie Hall, Rachel E. Morris, Edward Ross & the Wellcome Trust Centre for Parasitology Glasgow

Scientists at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow study all kinds of parasites. Find out more in “Parasites!”, the first in their series of comics that tell the story behind the science. read

Parasites Comic



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Check out the Encyclopaedia of  Wondrous Objects – daily videos featuring interesting objects from the collection at Manchester Museum. watch

Wondrous Objects

sand fly

Image (c) University of Glasgow

Join Dr Hector Diaz Albiter from the University of Glasgow as he talks about his research into the deadly parasitic disease Leishmaniasis, and dissects the gut of a sand fly – the insect that spreads the disease. watch

Sand Fly Dissection


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Take a break from the computer screen and get out for a walk this weekend using these guides from the Edinburgh Geological Society. You can climb the Pentland Hills or stroll round Vogrie Country Park, looking for and learning about geology as you go. do

Guide to Geology of the Pentlands

Geology Walk in Vogrie Country Park 

Geology Walk Vogrie-Crichton



Image (c) University of Edinburgh

Get hands-on with science in your kitchen, with Marvellous Mixtures, the latest edition of Science@Home from the Easter Bush Science Centre and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Use simple ingredients and kitchen equipment to learn about chromatography – but watch out, it could get messy! do

Marvellous Mixtures



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Want to know a bit more about the science behind the current pandemic? Join Dan Davis, Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester, for a short talk and Q&A about the immune system and Covid-19. watch

Immune System and Covid19



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Our friends at STEAM Experiments have put together lots of experiments that you can try at home. They have also provided links to the science behind the experiments, to make the activities suitable for all ages.

Today you can explore the oxidation of metals using coins, or make your own faeces (aka poo!)  with a digestion simulation.


Shiny Pennies

Stomach Simulation



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We have partnered with our friends at the Silesian Science Festival in Poland to bring the first ever international content to our festival.

Today’s video features a brief history of Project Apollo – the famous US space programme.

If you enjoyed watching science with an international flavour, look out for the science from Nepal session on our events page.


Project Apollo

Author: Ken

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