Introducing the world's first long-term Curated Scientist-in-Residence Programme in a shopping center, Ocean Terminal in Leith, Scotland.
Featuring free science and art activities, Informal discussions over tea and biscuits at the Living Memory Association with local Scientists, a hacked Lab Unit in the middle of the mall for hands-on experiments and roaming Scientists Busking with science tricks once a month. Since July 2016, we have ran over 22 events and had a chat with over 6000 shoppers in Leith.
In between our events, the unit serves as a Leith Community Science Postbox, including an exhibition, science news and postcards for shoppers to post their questions about science. We have received over 400 questions we are now working through and teaming Leith-ers with scientists to answer the questions themselves. If you have a question about science you've always wondered about, send us a message, #LeithLabs tweet, post on our facebook page or just come along in person and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction, put you in touch with local scientists directly or theme a Leith Lab exploring your ideas.
Our next event:
Leith Labs Explores the Festival of Social Science
Saturday 11 November 12 - 5pm
From celebrating one century of social work with an exhibition and discussions with local social workers, to joining in singing Christmas carols and learning how they not only make you feel festival but can be very good for your mental health with the Harmony Choir.
There'll also be storytelling and discussions all around "Help! My Teacher is a Robot" and creative workshops for young people aged 15+ exploring war and conflict with "Let it Art!"
Come join us for the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) nationwide Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.
Leith Labs has been kindly funded by the Physiological Society and the EU Researchers Night, with in-kind support from Ocean Terminal, Science Ceilidh, Fun Palaces and Eureka Edinburgh. Photos: Chris Scott.