Midlothian festival sparks increase in interest for science

Dr Bunhead whose stunt science show appeared at the 2012 Midlothian Science Festival

Dr Bunhead whose stunt science show appeared at the 2012 Midlothian Science Festival

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Last year’s Midlothian Science Festival has been hailed a success after sparking an increased enthusiasm for science.

Feedback from the event, which took place in October 2012, shows that over 50 per cent of people had wanted to find out more about science after attending the event.

The statistics also show that 18 per cent of visitors who attended the festival were from other parts of Scotland and abroad.

In all, the festival generated income of over £5,500.

The most popular event was Dr Bunhead stunt science shows (pictured) which were a sell out.

The free outdoor activities such as pond dipping and tiny tots trails at Vogrie Park were also very popular.

And plans are now underway for the second science festival to take place between October 5 and 20 this year.

Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for tourism and economic development, said: “The science festival proved to be a real hit here in Midlothian, especially with the Edinburgh Science Triangle right on our doorstep which gave the event even more momentum.

“We are already planning this year’s festival and expecting even more people to turn up and find out more about science, environment and technology. The Library Service is to be congratulated for taking the lead on such a successful initiative.”

The science festival is run in partnership with the Council and other organisations including The University of Edinburgh, Roslin Institute, Moredun Institute and the Wellcome Trust.