Celebrating 21 years of show-stopping, eye popping and jaw dropping science, 2010 Edinburgh International Science Festival will be Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology with 26 venues across Edinburgh and beyond. Topics ranging from hot issues of today to predictions of tomorrow, you can get down to see a stream of events that will rip the white coat off science revealing the bizarre, the intriguing and the occasionally mind-blowing.
Meet ASIMO – the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, when it visits Scotland for the very first time with its various collections. Scotland’s main science festival will showcase a new spin on ‘the beautiful game’ next month when a kick- about is staged between robots. An all- android football will be one among the main attractions in the Edinburgh science festival which will be hosted in April by the world-leading robotics experts at the university’s School of Informatics.
Experts at the Edinburgh university will give an insight to what it takes to make a robot ‘bend it like Beckham” before letting the Android FC’s finest loose on the pitch. Others will give details about how the latest technology on robots are used to detect human emotions and simple changes in their facial expressions. The event would also take the audience through the process of creating the robots and the progress being made towards having a team of robots stage a proper match against the footballers.
The university’s series of events are expected to sale like hot cakes for the two-week festival with guest speakers including the biologist and author Richard Dawkins and psychiatrist Raj Persaud. Between 3-17 April , more than 200 events will be staged at various venues including the National Museum of Scotland and Our Dynamic Earth, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Jam House music venue, the Scotch Whisky Experience and the Filmhouse cinema.
The other main highlights of the festival include the installation of a huge 3D sound chamber at one of the city’s best-known beauty spots, premiere of a new play inspired by the latest developments in the genetic engineering and a look at the evolution of heavy metal music. It also explores into the deeper insights of human beings – their darker side- to commit horrific acts of mutilation and murder; an examination into the latest forsenic science techniques that can crack crime cases, what are the concepts or ideas that lead a human to indulge in the seven deadly sins, and the best ways to make artificial blood.
To give the youngsters a chance to explore the science behind what happens when they get a cut or bruise , a “blood bar” is also being installed in the festival’s main venue – the City Art Centre.
Many other events like a look at the faulty maths equation that could have triggered the global economic meltdown, a singles night for science buffs, various animation techniques that have been used in the latest computer games and in films like Avatar, and what one can do to try to make a real robot do the same kind of things as well as respond like a human being with a sense of balance, motion and sensitivity.
A stellar collection of the country’s best science presenters, filmmakers, performers and comedians, this festival programme is going to be a great collection that will be on par with the very best science festivals in the world.