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Discovery Channel scientist to open Orkney Science Festival

The former chief scientist of television’s Discovery Channel, known as Wizard IV, is to open this
year’s Orkney International Science Festival.

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Images of workers on a massive offshore wind farm, photographs of Orkney’s history, A Taste of Orkney, and the story of the salmon coble and the king of fish…

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Programme 2014

See the programme for this year’s Festival which covers the 7 days of 4-10 September, with over 60 events on astronomy, earth sciences, energy, medicine, archaeology…

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About Orkney

“Those soft green hills, the ledged sea-cliffs, the shallow lochs, those curving sweeps of sand… the story of them all can be traced back …”

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Food Events

Food Events

Sample fare from Orkney’s ’Peedie Producers’ at the Opening Lunch, served in Scandinavian style, and download from here the Peedie Producers Guide, enjoy daily lunches of Orkney fare at the Peedie Kirk …

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Tickets now on sale

You can buy tickets online or through the Tourist Offices in Kirkwall or Stromness. Early booking is advised, particularly for some special events where numbers may be limited and advance booking is needed…

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Frontiers magazine

Frontiers is a new online magazine highlighting science and people. Our aim is to find fresh ways of viewing existing territory and to look out to new horizons to be explored.

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Festival Updates

The dates for this year’s Orkney International Science Festival are Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 September 2014. You can find here the programme and tickets for online booking.

Festival Topics
2014 is the Year of Homecoming in Scotland, so we’re including some topics on history and on people. Also it’s the 1000th anniversary of the battle of Clontarf, when the forces of Earl Sigurd of Orkney with his raven banner were defeated by the army of the Irish king Brian Boru, and that will lead us into the question of Orkney’s Norse past and the genetic links that may survive today. Orcadian geneticist Dr Jim Wilson of Edinburgh University will be speaking on the topic ‘Kings and Vikings: The Trail of DNA’.

Latest News

The Bloodhound project is coming to the Science Festival’s Family Day. Bloodhound itself will be a rocket-powered car capable of travelling at an incredible 1000 mph on land.

A 1/10th size replica will be on display at the Family Day at the King Street Halls in Kirkwall. It will be brought to Orkney by two of the Bloodhound Ambassadors, John Blacklock and Yetunde Adediran.

At the Family Day there will also be an opportunity to assemble kits and build balloon-powered models of the car – and race them.

More details to follow.

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This was my very first visit to Orkney and therefore, my first exposure to the vibrant and exhilarating Science Festival. It was an incredible week – the Festival pulsated! It was far larger and far better supported than I would have thought possible.
visitor from Edinburgh