Science Conversations @ Edinburgh

An exciting range of interactive discussions, drawing on various fields of science, will be on offer during the Science Conversations @ Edinburgh event.

Science Conversations @ Edinburgh, an online public engagement initiative delivered by the University of Edinburgh, will enable enthusiastic amateur scientists to work alongside leading researchers.

Expertise in science is not required, but those taking part will have the chance to delve deeper into their chosen subject. Scientists from the Schools of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry and Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, who are behind the initiative, hope to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the world of science.


Activities are centred on modern drug discovery, the habitability of Mars, quantum chemistry and peer-learning approaches in physics teaching. Each conversation will comprise two online training and discussion sessions separated by a few days in which participants will engage in activities related to their topic.

Face-to-face sessions will take place in real time using online technology.

The event will incorporate an inspiring presentation and live discussion from Professor Peter Higgs and a select panel of his Edinburgh colleagues on the significance of the Higgs boson discovery.

The overall project will seek to raise awareness of distance-learning courses offered by the College of Science and Engineering. These include master’s programmes in Drug Discovery and Protein Biotechnology, Next Generation Drug Discovery and Research-Informed Science Education (RISE).  Further opportunities for online study in Chemistry are currently in the pipeline.

Science Conversations @ Edinburgh starts on Monday 17 June and runs for 2 weeks.

Find out more

Further information can be found on the event website. Spaces are limited for each conversation, so register now to avoid missing out!