Glasgow Science Festival 2019

Glasgow Science Festival opens one week today, with a fantastic array of events for schools, families and adults running from 6-16 June across the city. Over 87% of events are free.

Among the highlights is the ever popular family day ‘Science Sunday’ on 9 June, led by staff and students from across the university. PhD students will bring fun, hands-on activities to Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens on 8 June and the Kinning Park Complex on 16 June.

The festival will also bring family fun to Glasgow’s iconic museums, including the Riverside Museum on 8 and 9 June and Glasgow Steams Ahead at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on 15 and 16 June.

Several events pay tribute to James Watt, who helped kickstart the industrial revolution and died 200 years ago. Exhibitions at the University of Glasgow Library and Trongate 103 will celebrate his legacy.

Engineering meets performing arts at the ‘Ingenious Circus’supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering. On 7 June, watch performers from circus school Aerial Edge demonstrate the engineering principles that underpin acrobatics. Then have a go at some circus tricks yourself at a taster session on 15 June.

Science meets the arts with the launch of ‘Oor Big Braw Cosmos’, a new book by astronomer Prof John C. Brown and Scots poet Rab Wilson on 10 June and ‘Temple of Light’ a new physics-inspired exhibition at The Lighthouse from 6 to 9 June. A screening of science fiction documentary ‘Homo Sapiens’ on 11 June will raise questions about the future of humans on Earth, with a panel discussion led by University of Glasgow researchers.

Other highlights include to Café Scientifique en français at the Alliance Française de Glasgow (13 June), Scots language workshop ‘Get Your Scots Wirds Oot and Caa Awa!’ (11 June) and ‘Have You Heard?’ (8 & 9 June), a workshop to filter fact from fiction in science in the news.

This is just a flavour of what’s in store. For booking and more information, please visit You can also follow the festivities on Twitter and Facebook and join the Glasgow Science Festival mailing list.