World’s most powerful laser to go on display at the Scottish Parliament


Science will be brought to life this April as the Scottish Parliament announces it is to host an interactive exhibition featuring a replica of the world’s most powerful laser.

The Incredible Power of Light exhibition will go on display at the Scottish Parliament between Wednesday 1 and Thursday 30 April. 

Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer, Rt. Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:   

“Exhibitions like this help to stimulate interest in science and bring the subject to life in a way that is fun and engaging. I hope this exhibition and inspiring programme of interactive events and talks will help to spark curiosity and imagination in both children and adults alike. We want to encourage people to come and explore Holyrood and find out more about what’s going on inside.” 

The Vulcan laser is 10,000 times more powerful than the national grid and will form the centrepiece of the exhibition.  Interactive exhibits and animations will help bring lasers to life.  

For the first time the Parliament will be part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival showcasing this exhibition along with an engaging programme of free drop-in workshops and talks that aim to make science fun for all the family. 

Cupcakes with popping particles and fruit punch experiments will be served in the public café as part of a child friendly menu inspired by science.

The exhibition and accompanying events programme also celebrates the International Year of Light 2015. 


Wednesday 1 April – Thursday 30 April (Monday – Saturday). Visit for the full exhibition and events programme and details of opening times.

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