Dive into the Glasgow Science Festival programme

We’ve been wading through the programme and found lots of interesting hands-on activities and talks on offer in this year’s Glasgow Science Festival, ‘Glasgow’s Making Waves‘. It runs from 2nd to 12th June and most of the events are free and suitable for all ages.

Glasgow Science Festival graphic with logo, title 'Glasgow's Making Waves', with several boats full of people, a surfer, gulls, crabs and a person in a rowing boat sailing on the crest of a big wave..

Below is a small selection of what’s on offer relating to nature and the environment. But if you want to make a splash, dive into the programme to see the full range of events and details for booking where required.

Brownfield Biodiversity Conference on Saturday 4th June
9:30-4:30, University of Glasgow or online via Zoom
Hear about wildlife on colliery spoil, nature reserves created from old factories, Glasgow’s unique water voles, and discuss the exciting five-year GALLANT project.

Brownfield Biodiversity excursions on Sunday 5th June
Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR, with wooded walks and paths beside the Forth and Clyde Canal, 10:30-12:30
Malls Mire, mixed woodland and wetland, 2:30-4:30

Glasgow Science Festival Brownside Biodiversity Conference graphic with person sitting on ground holding up a recycling symbol and surrounded by trees, a globe of the world, hills and wind turbines.

Family activities

Events at some venues change daily – check the programme to see what’s on when.

CommuniT in the Park, Elder Park, Govan
Sunday 5th June, 12:30-4pm
Camouflage – animal colours and patterns.
River Clyde and Nature – ID water bugs and make a water filtration system
Make your own plastic-free plant pot – flower planting and paper pots.

Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Tues 7th to Sun 12th June 2022, 12:00-4pm
Amazing amoebae – learn just how many live amongst us, what they eat, how they contribute to the environment and how they can also cause infection to humans and animals.
Make your own plastic-free plant pot – flower planting and paper pots.
We’re going on a tick hunt – find out more about ticks and the diseases they carry by exploring and finding the answers to a scavenger hunt.
Sci-seedlets – plant growing experiments or virtual serious-game based plant science experiments.
Glasweeasian plant explorers – how do plants from south east Asia travel across the waves and end up in Glasgow? Make your own blueprint collage and plant transport module. Then hunt the gardens for plants from south east Asia.
Ticks on the march – find out why you need to be tick aware, colour in your own tick to take home.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Saturday 11th June, 1:30-4:30 and Sunday 12th June, 12-3pm
Evolution of Mammals – explore the genetics of mammals and to learn about the evolutionary tree.
Wildlife on the River Kelvin – explore the biodiversity in Glasgow’s urban rivers in creative ways.
Find Your Bird! – find out what bird species you are and then make a self-portrait of your feathered alter-ego.
Art and climate change – experience a pedal-powered mini-cinema as two new documentary shorts are introduced. ‘Hunting for Feathers’ takes viewers on a journey of discovery, revealing surprising connections between art and biodiversity. ‘Landscapes of Change’ asks us to consider the way in which nineteenth-century landscape painters responded to the industrial revolution.

Riverside Museum
Sounds in Nature – how and why animals make sounds.
The Wonders of Biodiversity – the opportunity to see and handle different marine and terrestrial organisms. Learn fascinating facts about every-day organisms and how we can protect and conserve them.
Investigating populations via penguins and their poo!
Animals affect – learn how sheep show emotions in their facial expressions and how AI can help in improving animal welfare by automatically analysing animals’ behaviour and emotions from video.

Mugdock Country Park
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, 10-2pm
What Makes Viruses Tick? – find out more about ticks and the diseases they carry by exploring and finding the answers to a scavenger hunt.

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