Interactive Fun For Adults at the Science Festival

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6
Media Contact: Ben Makin or Diane Waugh, inbox@edskeptics.co.uk

EDINBURGH, UK – ‘Adult’ and ‘interactive’ are words you rarely hear together, especially in the context of science communication. This April Edinburgh Skeptics are giving grown-ups the opportunity to use, interact with and ask all they want at three events this April. “The Science Festival has a lot of interactivity aimed at getting kids interested in science, but our audience told us there’s very little interactivity for adults,” event coordinator Ben Makin said. Starting on Thursday April 9 at The Banshee Labyrinth from 7:30pm, A Beginner’s Guide to Bitcoin is an event where attendees can try out the cryto-currency for themselves. On Tuesday April 14, see real, live bats temporarily nesting at The Banshee, Edinburgh’s most haunted pub while microbiologist Tracey Joliffe presents The Secret World of Bats. Finally, April 16 at Appleton Tower is your chance to take part in science-based pre-election hustings in the lead up to the upcoming election. Six representatives from the major parties will be there to answer your questions. Interactive science for grown-ups is a must-see (and do!) this April.

What: Edinburgh Skeptics’ lineup for the 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Price: Free! (Donations accepted to cover costs)

THURSDAY APRIL 9: A Beginner’s Guide to Bitcoin, Dug Campbell
7:30pm-8:30pm followed by Q&A (doors open 7 – seating is limited so be sure to arrive early)
The Banshee Labyrinth, 35 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG (18+ venue)
Bitcoin and other “crypto-currencies”: alternative to banks or medium for criminals and tax evaders? Dug Campbell discusses the story so far in the real world and is giving you the opportunity to try bitcoin out yourself. Dug Campbell runs the Scottish Bitcoin Meetup (www.meetup.com/Scottish-Bitcoin-Meetup) and founded the Scottish Bitcoin Conference. He regularly speaks at events and provides press commentary around the disruptive potential of crypto-currencies, in addition to exploring how blockchain technologies will change society over the next few years. He also blogs regularly at www.dugcampbell.com. Read more on Meetup.

TUESDAY APRIL 14: Pre-Election Special – Evidence Based Hustings
7pm (doors open 6:30 – seating is limited so be sure to arrive early)
Teviot Row House Debating Hall, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ

Your chance to pose some questions and challenge the answers in this pre-election special at Edinburgh University’s historic Teviot Row House Debating Hall. Whether or not you can make it down to the 400 seat venue, the event will be live-streamed on DemocracyTV Scotland at democracytv.scot in a manner similar to C-SPAN in the US. Read our separate press release or read more on Meetup.

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See real, live bats in Edinburgh’s most haunted pub!

THURSDAY APRIL 16: The Secret World of Bats, Tracey Jolliffe
7:30pm-8:30pm followed by Q&A (doors open 7 – seating is limited so be sure to arrive early)
The Banshee Labyrinth, 35 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG (18+ venue)
Come along and be amazed by all of the wonderful things there are to know about these elusive creatures. Presented by microbiologist Tracey Jolliffe, with real bats in attendance, so you can get a close up peek! Tracey Jolliffe is a microbiologist working in the NHS, who has presented many talks and posters at a national level. Outside of work, her life (and home) is filled with bats. She is an an official, card carrying, slightly fanatical, bat lady. Her spare room houses a bat hospital which admits sick and injured bats from across Scotland. She often takes poorly bats everywhere with her in order to feed and medicate them, and so as not to alarm her colleagues and friends, will have them hidden about her person. Read more on Meetup.

ABOUT EDINBURGH SKEPTICS
The Edinburgh Skeptics Society was founded in 2009 to promote reason, science and critical thinking in Edinburgh and Scotland. We are a non-profit association dedicated to providing events, talks and performances aimed at the skeptical community of Edinburgh, throughout the year and during the Science and International Arts Festivals. We are proud to draw on the tradition of critical thinking and skepticism embodied by Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment.

We host a variety of regular events ranging from the family-friendly Skeptical Days Out,  to our monthly Skeptics in the Pub talks, Skeptics Underground discussion group and socials.  We coordinate a  full programme of talks and shows during the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Science Festival. For more information, visit www.edskeptics.org.uk

ABOUT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL
In 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival transforms into The Ideas Factory – a hub for information, ideas and innovation. Audiences are invited to get their thinking caps on as big ideas transform the halls, galleries, theatres and gardens of Edinburgh from 4 – 19 April.

Our programme of Science Festival Events for adults features inspiring discussions, debates, workshops, screenings and nights out, all with a scientific twist. For more information, visit http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/

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