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Year of Light to shine in Orkney Science Festival

The International Year of Light will provide one of the themes of this year’s Orkney International

Science Festival – and the centenary of Einstein’s theory of general relativity will be another.

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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 2015

Highlights include the Higgs boson, Einstein’s universe, Maxwell’s waves, exploring Mars and Venus, our changing weather, cracking the cancer code …

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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

At the Festival you can sample Orkney fare at various events, from the opening lunch to the closing ceilidh, with daily lunches at the Peedie Kirk, and download from here  the Peedie Producers Guide to find out …

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For an early flavour of the Festival, or for a present with a difference, try the OISF Shop. We have CDs of music from the Festival, postcards of scientists and Orkney scenes, badges with lively messages.

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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 3 to Wednesday 9 September 2015. Meanwhile here’s a link to last year’s programme. It will be soon be replaced by an early version of this year’s programme, and then a link to tickets for online booking.

Festival Topics
2015 is the International Year of Light, and talks will include A Rainbow of Light and Colour, Colours to Dye For, Maxwell’s Light, and Maxwell’s Waves.

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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