ECCI debuts at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

19 February 2015

Visit the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) for two days of inspiring, future-facing events during EISF2015, as we ask: What does a low carbon future look like? 

Friday 17th - Saturday 18th of April 2015

For the first time ever ECCI is partnering with the Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival: the world’s first celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest.

Under the banner of 'What does a low carbon future look like?', ECCI will open its doors for two days of action packed events, including a one of performance from automotive adventurer, comedian and writer Robert Llewellyn, a bike-powered screening of experimental documentary Future My Love and a chance to poke around the latest electric and hydrogen vehicles in our future vehicle showcase.

Check out the Science Festival website for the full calendar of events over April and look below for more details about ECCI's Low Carbon Future series. All tickets are free but must be booked online. Tickets will go live in March.

In partnership with Visions for Change and the 2020 Climate Group.



ECCI presents: What does a low carbon future look like?

‘Carbon’ - An exhibition by Art Space Nature

Running for the duration of EISF throughout ECCI 

4-19th April

Free exhibition (no ticket required)

A unique exhibition of art works responding to carbon in its many forms by students of the Edinburgh College Art Space Nature. As part of the annual collaboration between the Edinburgh College of Art and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, students of the Art Space Nature programme show a series of provocative works that explore visual and interactive stimuli in the context of ECCI’s multi-faceted approach to creating a low carbon future. Student practitioners are mixed-discipline (architecture, design, sculpture, fine art, landscape architecture), work individually and in groups.

Bike-powered screening of Future My Love

Followed by a panel debate with creative thinkers from the world of politics, journalism, science, art and technology.

7.30pm – 10pm, Friday 17th April 2015

Conference Room, ECCI

Free, register online (capacity 90)

The film is a unique love story challenging collective and personal utopias in search of freedom.

At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco.

Winner of the Green Doc award at Dokufest 2013, the film unlocks and explores many themes relevant to a low carbon future and ECCI’s work more generally.

Low Carbon Future Vehicle Showcase

11 – 5pm, Saturday 18th April 2015

Forecourt & Atrium area, ECCI

Free, no registration required

A chance to delve under the bonnet of the electric car myth and get up-close and hands-on with a range of futuristic vehicles. From the sleek high performance electric sports cars and bikes to solar-powered cars, cargo bikes and taxi trikes.

ClimateXChange Schools Debating Challenge - Who’s responsible for changing our energy behaviour?

Saturday 18th April 1-3 pm

Conference Room, ECCI

Free, register online (capacity 90)

Two Edinburgh high school teams go head to head in a battle of wits and words on the topic: ‘Only governments can change energy behaviour across society’. With one expert witness of their choosing in their armoury, the teams of three will have only 15 minutes to convince the assembled audience that they have the answer.

Robert Llewellyn: Automotive adventurer

ROBERT LLEWELLYN recharges at ECCI on the final leg of his electric odyssey around the British Isles.

Saturday 18th April 3.30pm-5pm

Conference Room, ECCI

Free, register online

On the final leg of an uncharted journey to travel the length and breadth of the country in an electric car, Robert Lewellyn - actor, comedian, writer and star of hit Fringe 2014 show ELECTRIC CARS ARE RUBBISH. AREN'T THEY? – makes a special stop at ECCI to recharge his batteries and share stories of his unprecedented automotive adventure.

Read Robert's blog and regular musings on electric cars: