Science: Making a Display of Itself

By Hannah Little

The Edinburgh Science Festival is coming! But, if you can’t wait until the 30th March don’t panic! Various opportunities for recreational science visits are already popping up around the city.

Firstly, there is the ASCUS (art science collaborative) exhibition in the St. James Centre (units 34 & 35). The exhibition displays the work carried out as the result of various recent grants awarded by ASCUS. This includes, “Maths Shirts” but Julia Collins and Madeleine Shepard, “How Steep is Now” -perspectives on climate change in Kenya and Scotland by Liz Adamson, Graeme Todd and Mark Huxham, “Happi Genetics” by Mar Carmena and Alexander Kagansky and “A Dissemination of Birds?” by Susan Engstrand, Gina Wall and Amanda Thompson. The exhibition aims to highlight the connection between the arts and sciences, and the importance of collaboration and community outreach.

Secondly, the Science Festival has once again reared its head early in St. Andrew’s Square. After the success of last year’s photo exhibition “Into the Deep” this year the science festival has set out to show us things which we would never otherwise see with their exhibition “Invisible Worlds”. From neurons, to nebula, to really cute sand and an xray of a foot in a stilleto, this is a diverse exhibition and a must see. The images are impressive and beautiful. Without exception.

Both exhibits are completely free and open now. Invisible worlds runs until April 15th 2012 and the ASCUS exhibition runs until 26th February 2012.

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