For adults there are loads of options to expand your mind in the jam-packed programme of discussions, workshops, games, screenings, debates and nights out, all with a scientific twist. In 2018 the festival will explore Life, the Universe and Everything else you can think of in all aspects of science.

Science Behind the Scenes

Tue 10 Apr 2018 | 17:30-19:00 | Audi- torium National Museum of Scot- land | £8.50/£6.50 t 0300 123 6789

Join in the bite-sized presentations offering a fascinating glimpse into the wide range of scientific activities undertaken every year by cura- tors and collections scientists.

Natural Sciences Collection Tour

Thu 12 Apr 2018 | 10:30-11:45

National Museums Collections Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Edinburgh EH5 1JA

£6, £5 Members and Conc. Book on- line or call 0300 123 6789

From minuscule insects to mighty whales, our Natural Sciences collection documents the incredible di- versity of life on earth. Join our cu- rators and conservators to tour selected highlights of this remarkable collection at National Museums Collection Centre in Granton, Edinburgh.

Lost Voice Guy

Thu 12 Apr 2018 | 20:00-21:00

Auditorium National Museum of Scotland |£8.50/£6.50 t 0300 123 6789

Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy, can’t talk but isn’t silent. One of the UK’s first stand-up comedians using speech synthesis technology, for one night only Lee will perform his laugh out loud comedy set as part of the Edinburgh International Sci- ence Festival.

A Snapshot of the Stars 10 April 8pm-9pm Anatomy Lecture Theatre Summerhall £8.50/£6.50

Astrophotography – like the breath- taking and inspiring photographs produced by the Hubble space tele- scope – has been capturing imagi- nations for decades. Here on Earth, you may not be Hubble, but you can still take amazing photographs of the stars. Join photographer Stuart Dreghorn to find out how.

Can Science Fiction Save Us? 12 April 8-9.30pm Anatomy Lecture Theatre Summerhall £8.50/£6.50

With predictions of food shortages, overpopulation, extreme weather events and a new home planet it is beginning to sound like earth is part of a science fiction novel. Can science fiction really find a way out of our troubles?

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 15 April 10am to 5pm Drop in event at Summerhall. £6

The Mini Maker Faire is a gathering of creators from Edinburgh and beyond who will showcase the things they make and do. From engineers to artists to scientists to craters,Maker Faire is a chance for these ‘makers’ to show off hobbies, ex- periments, projects and ideas.