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ECCI sets dangerous ideas loose on the public for #EdSciFest

Some of the UK’s brightest and bravest thinkers will set their most challenging sustainability ideas loose on the public as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival - back at ECCI for the fifth year running this spring.

Kicking off the first day of the festival on Saturday 6 April, ECCI’s vibrant low carbon hub will play host to the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Provocations for a Sustainable Future.

Hosted by comedian Susan Morrison, the thought-provoking and entertaining session will give visitors of all ages a chance to engage with cutting-edge low carbon knowledge as top thinkers debate the impact we have on the environment around us. Visitors will also have a chance to view a series of short environmental films created by students from Edinburgh College of Art.

Edinburgh’s annual science festival is the world’s first public celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest. This year events range from five floors of hands-on science fun for young minds at the City Art Centre to world-class speakers and interactive events for all ages across the city.

Climate challenges are set to be at the forefront of this year’s festival, as the Edinburgh Medal - the prestigious City of Edinburgh Council award for the scientists making a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity - will be awarded to Christiana Figueres, the UN Climate Chief who was instrumental in the successful conclusion of the 2015 Paris climate talks. Ms Figueres will accept the award as part of her speech at the Edinburgh Medal Address: Climate Change Where are We? on Friday 5 April.

ECCI Director Ed Craig said: "At ECCI we believe in the power of innovative and game-changing ideas in our drive towards a thriving zero carbon future.

"Our partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of this ground-breaking thinking - and to challenge people with radical ideas about how we can create a healthier, smarter future."

Simon Gage, Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, said:

“ECCI brings excitement and authenticity to a festival like ours by setting out to innovate and challenge the status quo.”

ECCI has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh’s department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability to deliver its programme of Edinburgh International Science Festival events.

Watch this space for announcements about the exciting line up of speakers... and book your tickets quick, before they sell out!