Exploration was to the fore in 2013, the bicentenary of the birth of the great Arctic explorer John Rae. The Festival was opened by the widely-travelled documentary film-maker Alan Ereira, who showed his new film, made with Kogi people of Colombia, opening up a dialogue with western science.
Hunters with spears scan an ancient landscape that now lies beneath the waters of the North Sea. The search for the lost world of Doggerland was the subject of two fascinating sessions...
There was the story of exploration in the Arctic and in the depths of the sea, on Greenland’s glaciers and in the space probes pushing outwards through the Solar System.
This was the year when you could handle a meteorite and steer a Mars Rover, try out Stone Age technology and wear an Iron Age hood, join the Dustbin Detectives and the Viking soap carvers, meet an oil production safety team and study life in the sea, learn to card wool and weave threads.
Filmmaker and film from lost city to open this year’s festival One of Britain’s leading documentary filmmakers is to open this year’s Orkney International Science Festival – bringing with him a remarkable new film in which people