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Science Chats @ Grassmarket

The Grassmarket Project is a place for the community in Edinburgh to come together and offers a range of activities, including our science discussions. These are weekly informal chats to give a space for people to learn a bit about research that wouldn’t normally have access to it. We hold our Science Chats every Monday evening at 6pm using Zoom and have a weekly podcast available on YouTube. Check out our Science Chats @Grassmarket page for more details.


Featuring a diverse range of interesting speakers, our ChatSci events are for people to talk about science, with the aim of encouraging collaboration and conversation.

Our ChatSci events start at 6:30pm in The Argyle Cellar. They run every two weeks with every other ChatSci event being a new Ig Nobel edition. The event is free for members (£2 for non-members, membership is £3 per academic year).

Speakers from previous events include a fashion designer working with scientists to grow her own fabrics, a host of PhD students working on issues from lung cancer to brain repair, entrepreneurs in areas such as virtual biotech and flat-pack housing, and professional science communicators. Find out more about previous speakers here.

Ig Nobel ChatSci is a new edition to our ChatSci series where speakers will present the wacky and outrageous research from previous Ig Nobel prize winners.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

‘Can we beat climate change’ is our April 2019 film screening and discussion. For more information, visit the information page now.

We are screening National Geographic’s “Before the Flood”: a critically acclaimed 2016 documentary produced by Martin Scorsese. It features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey around the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, travelling to witness the dramatic impact of climate change and discuss the problems with scientists and politicians.

After the screening, three specialists in different fields (Sustainable development, Biodiversity and Engineering) will present their work and lead an interactive Q&A discussion with the audience. Speakers will answer questions about the threat of climate change and give advice on daily best practices to protect the environment.


Our two most recent workshop were “Art and Science on a Postcard“. These brought together the two disciplines to create science-related pieces of art which were exhibited as part of the Festival of Creative Learning run by the University of Edinburgh in February 2019 and the Pint of Science initiative in May 2018.

A previous workshop “Let’s talk about animal research” aimed to assist researchers in how to talk to the public about their animal research.

We also host a range of ad-hoc events such as a recent panel discussion on AI and robotics as well as semi-regular science-themed pub quizzes.

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