Tickets for the 2022 Festival will be on sale from Thursday 21 July at 6 pm.

We’ve worked to keep prices reasonable, and sometimes even low. With capacity limited for a number of events we’re expecting a good demand, and so we recommend booking as soon as you can.

Here is the LINK to the ticketing system, or you will be able to go direct to any of the individual days which will be listed below. to the ticketing system, or you will be able to go direct to any of the individual days which will be listed below.

Tickets will also be on sale at the Tourist Office in Kirkwall.

How to use the ticketing system

When you click on the link to the ticketing system, you see a calendar of days and at the top of the page a heading – you use this heading to choose a particular day.

When you choose the day from the menu on the heading, you’ll see that the day is highlighted in blue on the calendar itself. You click in the centre of the blue box to go direct to the list of events for that day.

Once you’re on the day, you then choose an event. After you’ve booked it, the system gives you the option to go on to tickets for further events, or else to move on to the payment section.

As well as buying tickets for individual events, there is the additional option of buying a LecturePass. This covers admission to a range of events, and there are fuller details below. If you choose this option, you will see that the date of Wednesday 7 September is highlighted in blue on the calendar grid, and when you click on the blue you are taken this time to the LecturePasses.

Going direct to the days

If you would like to go direct to a particular day, links will be appearing below in the near future.

The LecturePass system

In addition to the various tickets which are sold for individual events, there is also a LecturePass. This is a block ticket which for only £48 (or £38 with concessions), provides admission to all the £5 & £3 events, including two concerts in St Magnus Cathedral. It’s really good value, as it gives admission to a total of 24 events.

The events covered by the LecturePass are all at bigger venues, so that we have some spare capacity if we need it. Just to make sure, though, we encourage LecturePass holders to come along in good time to make sure that they get a good seat, and certainly you need to be there at least 15 minutes before the start time to make sure of it.

Events covered by the LecturePass

Thursday 1 September

Engineering the Future
Early Potatoes and Edible Clay
The Surge of Wave and Tide – and Hydrogen
What Makes Viruses Tick?

Friday 2 September

The Arctic Whalers
The Man Who Ran the Kathleen Annie
Featsting with the Earls at the Bu
The Salt Roads

Saturday 3 September

Living with a Star
Nurturing the Wild
The Mystery of the Stronsay Monster

Sunday 4 September

Gaan Nort
Cathedral Concert: Music for the Winter Queen

Monday 5 September

DNA for Vaccine Targets Homing in on Epstein-Barr
Genetic Findings We Should Know About
Tune the Cat’s Whisker to 2LO
A Different Kind of Garden

Tuesday 6 September

Small Schools, Seas and Far Horizons
More Trees Indeed, but Where and How?
New Life for the Land, and Wildlife and People
Cathedral Concert: The Music of the Stars

Wednesday 7 September

Our Changing Climate: Reports from the Front Line
Tune In and Understand
Folding the Proteins


  • LecturePass

LecturePass with concessions

  • LecturePass with concessions


  • Admission

The format for Concessions

We give reductions in the form of concessions to various categories of people, older or affected by disability or unemployment. It is very difficult to cover all types of situation and we always like to be flexible enough to apply common sense. Our main aim with concessionary rates is to make it possible for people to come to events which they might otherwise not have been able to attend.

We have a policy of keeping our ticket prices low. The reason is that we have a very full and varied programme and we want to encourage people to try out events that they might not always be absolutely sure about in advance. We feel that part of the enjoyment of a festival is the opportunity to try out something new.

If there is any information that you would like at any time, just let us know. We’re always glad to hear from you and assist in any way. Our email is

We are very fortunate in our ticketing system, which has really transformed our whole ticketing operation.

Our ticketing system

Our ticketing system comes from e-availability, an Inverness-based company which supplies online systems for many situations throughout the UK – for example for booking holiday cottages, B&Bs, doctors’ appointments, and airline cabin crew accommodation. Indeed it’s e-availability’s booking system that’s involved in a radical new initiative in GP accessibility – ‘Doctors InStore‘ – that has been pioneered in Manchester, whereby GPs are available in the local Sainsbury’s superstore for appointments in the evenings and weekends. The scheme has been so successful that Sainsbury’s are now planning a rapid expansion of in-store GP surgeries, which they will offer rent-free to local medical practices.

The systems produced by e-availability extend all over the UK and the company’s portfolio now includes names like Hamleys, IPC Media and sportscotland. A sister company Lanetech develops and designs websites, especially for the tourism sector

We looked around carefully before making a choice, and have found that this system gives us a whole range of additional options which assist in many ways.

Terms and conditions

All tickets booked at Orkney International Science Festival are subject to standard terms and conditions. When purchasing tickets you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

1. Privacy Policy: Orkney Science Festival Limited do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any third parties.

2. Delivery Policy: Tickets are downloaded direct by the purchaser from this site or sold direct at the Kirkwall and Stromness Tourist Offices.

3. Refund / Cancellation Policy: We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase. While every effort is made to ensure that all the events in the programme run successfully, we reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel any of them without prior notice due to exceptional circumstances which may be out of our control. In such instances ticket holders will be offered a refund. Admission to events covered by LecturePasses can only be guaranteed if LecturePass holders arrive at least 15 minutes before the advertised start.

4. Event Management: The use of photographic equipment and video cameras is prohibited during events in the Festival programme unless permission is given by the Festival in advance. Mobile phones must be switched off during the event.

5. Contact us: Our email is, our postal address Orkney Science Festival, 3 Crantit Park, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SJ, and our phone 01343 540844.

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