The programme is launching!

The sea runs through the Orkney International Science Festival programme in this Year of Coasts and Waters in Scotland, as director Howie Firth explains. From the physics of wind power for tall ships to new developments in offshore wind and tidal turbines, past and present come together in an island setting, with astronomy and archaeology and much else featured in a week of over 80 events, just about all of them online.

You can see categories of events, like talks and workshops and exhibitions, and you can also see a day-by-day programme of events, all in an Orkney setting. Festival Director Howie Firth sets the scene.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival’s collaboration and friendship with the Slovenian Science Foundation, and the Festival will be jointly opened by two people at the start of their careers. Dr Gavin Woodbridge from North Ronaldsay graduated this year in medicine from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Zarja Muršič is a member of the Covid-19 Tracking group in Slovenia.

Just about everything is online, with one important exception – a daily programme of wildlife walks, led by Orkney wildlife guide Megan Taylor. The walks are in very small groups, and include Orphir, Yesnaby and Burwick, and a day trip to explore Flotta.

All the online events are free, apart from several workshops where numbers are limited, with the ticket for some including materials. Just about all the events will be streamed through YouTube, for easy access. And wherever you are, you are warmly welcome to join us!

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