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Public Engagement

Our public engagement programme helps visitors connect with Earth and Environmental Sciences in fun, memorable and exciting ways. Through our Engagement Programmes, Science Showcases and Meet the Scientist Events, we’re able to provide opportunities to help our visitors understand the ways our planet works - and show where an interest or career in science could take them!

If you work in Earth and Environmental Sciences research or industry and would be interested in delivering a Meet the Scientist session or Science Showcase Event, please get in touch with Dr Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director (

For more details on ways you can support us, take a look at our Support Us pages. For upcoming events check out our What’s On? Calendar. Take a look back at some of our recent programmes:


COP26 Climate Science Showcase (November 2021)


During COP-26 we delivered a large-scale Climate Science Showcase takeover event at the centre; proving opportunities for >1,500 people to meet and engage with scientists from across industry and academia whilst taking part in a range of hands-on activities and experiences under Luke Jerram’s stunning Gaia installation of planet Earth. We welcomed 50 exhibiting researchers from 14 organisations as part of this event, including NERC CEH, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, the iAtlantic Project and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. We also welcomed the Soundhouse Choir, who delivered two performances of a song written to mark COP26 under the Gaia installation; providing a unique and inspiring learning context blending arts and science.


Discover the Deep (April 2022)

Dynamic Earth is a major festival programme partner of the Edinburgh Science Festival. This year we welcomed thousands of families to our marine themed Deep Sea Discovery family activities celebrating Scotland’s marine heritage and modern Oceanography. We also welcomed scientists from National Museums Scotland and Heriot Watt University who engaged families in amazing specimens and topical research.



Fabulous Fossil February (February 2022)

For February half-term 2022 – we welcomed Scientists from the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Geology Trust who engaged families and adults in incredible fossils and hands-on experiences which complimented Dynamic’s Earth’s own fossil collections.


National Programmes and Projects

Dynamic Earth is part of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. We’re proud to be an active partner in this dynamic and collaborative network of sector peers and to deliver as a key partner on a range of national projects including: