Saturday07 April

Edinburgh International Science Festival at ECCI


Hemp homes, fast cars and dangerous ideas on show at ECCI for Edinburgh International Science Festival

The world’s fastest electric car, the UK's first zero-emission competitive rally car, a Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and some of Scotland’s most innovative low carbon start-ups are just some of the attractions on offer at Scotland’s leading low carbon hub for Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Tackling Climate Change / 13:30 – 15:00, £5

Join us for an entertaining and provocative panel discussion with a difference - where top thinkers will explore the impact we have on the environment around us. Academics, comedians, and entertainers will pit their wits and tackle one of the most pressing issues facing the world. This fun, thought provoking session will deepen your understanding of the climate challenges we face and what we need to do to tackle them.

Future Innovation Showcase / 11:00 – 18:00, Free

Join the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for an open day showcasing the latest low carbon technologies that are set to transform our future, including top of the range electric vehicles, e-bikes, and student led initiatives. Visitors can also explore inside the ECCI building and grounds, and enjoy an exhibition of low carbon inspired art from students of the Art Space Nature Masters programme at Edinburgh College of Art.


A selection of innovative companies from ECCI’s business accelerator programmes will also feature in the ambitious city centre Ecoville showcase. Taking over the centre of Edinburgh, the ‘village of the future’ zooms in on methods of waste reduction and low carbon living.

It features some ECCI’s award-winning start-ups, including Retromixer, Industrial Nature and Hemp Eyewear, who are developing a range of products from a simple water saving device to plant-based building blocks and glasses frames made from hemp. 

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