The Incredible Power of Light Exhibition

Girl playing with a laser

Ever wondered how one of the world's most powerful lasers works? The Vulcan is 10,000 times more powerful than the National Grid and is a laser facility delivering pulses of light up to one petawatt of energy.

A replica of this extraordinary laser will form the centre-piece of the Incredible Power of Light exhibition here at the Scottish Parliament.

Alongside the laser will be animations, interactive exhibits, hardware and displays that will all tell the story of how lasers impact on our everyday lives.

Come along to this exciting exhibition and hear and talk to real-life scientists using this exciting technology in their research.

The Incredible Power of Light is presented in partnership by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

FREE - Children's Workshops and Evening Talks

Step into our illuminating Laser Lab, measure chemical reactions with Lego and move like a freaky photon to music.

As part of the Incredible Power of Light exhibition, an inspiring range of fun, FREE and family-friendly workshops and activities are taking place at the Scottish Parliament over the Easter holidays.

Rise to the challenge of building your own alien light circuit or screen printing your own fluorescent fabric!

Could you complete the a-maze-ing light test of lenses and mirrors or get to grips with our incredible Laser Lab?

Budding scientists will be invited to light up their world with workshops on illuminated geometric lanterns and creative cameras that really do look round corners.

Fill your Easter holidays with days of light-themed fun at the Scottish Parliament.

From the TV presenter and earth scientist Dr Hermoine Cockburn at Our Dynamic Earth to academics exploring the brave new world of Lasers, the Parliament will become a hotbed of academic theories and cutting edge research as part of the series of talks programmed as part of The Incredible Power of Light exhibition this April.

We cover the young science of astro chemistry in the brilliantly titled "From Soot to Stoor to Life"; the ground-breaking work that explores how plants sense the environment and react to their neighbours in "Plant Vision"; and the new technology that will allow us to see light in motion in Under a Different Light.

Check the website daily and come along to our FREE workshops, talks and activities running from Saturday 4 April - Saturday 18 April.

Girls in labcoats pouring blue liquid

Our public cafe is also serving up a child friendly menu inspired by science during April

A special science themed lunch box for kids will include a colouring sheet and crayons.

Bright coloured cupcakes with a special popping surprise will also be on offer, as will our colourful fruit punch.

Free events

Edinburgh Science Festival logo

The Incredible Power of Light Exhibition is part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

As part of the exhibition, a programme of free childrens' workshops and evening talks will take place at the Scottish Parliament.

Free events programme

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