Countdown to Strathearn Festival of Science!

With everything from zombie attacks and robotic arms to whisky and superstition, Strathearn Festival of Science is fast approaching!


Taking place from Monday 23 until Saturday 28 February 2015, the week-long celebration will bring a packed programme of activities to the Strathearn and wider area, with events aimed at families, school pupils, youth groups and adults.

The festival’s public programme will kick off with ‘The Science of Whisky’, an evening whisky tasting event at Strathearn Artspace in Crieff (£5).

The second day of the festival, Tuesday 24 February, will see another evening event in Crieff, ‘As Luck Would Have It’.  The Strathearn Community Campus event, which is free of charge, will take an entertaining look at luck, chance, superstition and critical thinking.

Meanwhile, zombies will take over Strathearn Community Campus on the night of Wednesday 25 February, with Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead. The hilarious and educational event gives a spoof tutorial behind the real science of the zombie brain – the science you need to survive the zombie apocalypse!  The event is suitable for those over the age of 13, and is free of charge.


James Hutton and his ‘Dynamic Earth’ will take place on Thursday 26 February, again free of charge and held at Strathearn Artspace, exploring the ‘Father of Geology’ and his lasting legacy.

As the festival draws to a close, the Festival Ceilidh, with a scientific theme, will take place on the evening of Friday 27 February, at The Academy Hall, Morrison’s Academy, Crieff.    Guests can celebrate James Clerk Maxwell and the ‘International Year of Light’ at a traditional Scottish ceilidh dinner dance (£25).

Last, but by no means least, The Science Fun Factory will act as a free and fitting festival finale on Saturday 28 February in Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff (10am-4pm).   The event will host a range of activities and demonstrations aimed at highlighting the fun of science in its many forms, from food, drink and smoke-rings to zombies, robotics and the fascinating night sky.  A number of organisations will also be bringing some of their most popular family-friendly activities, from Historic Scotland and Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh to the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The event is funded by the Scottish Government, (Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser), and supported by Perth and Kinross Council, Morrison’s Academy and Crieff Succeeds.

Steuart Cuthbert, Festival Organiser said, “There truly is something for everyone in this packed festival programme and we’re encouraging everyone to come along and get involved. Not only will our activities entertain and fascinate visitors, but highlight that science is everywhere, and is to there be explored and enjoyed, whether you’re a robot-obsessed child or a whisky connoisseur.”

For more information on Strathearn Festival of Science events, including times and ticket details for chargeable events, please visit


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