Researchers take part in vibrant events programme

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Credit: Fergus Dunnet

Two SCCS scientists will be bouncing some ideas about carbon atoms around at the Edinburgh International Science Festival next month – quite literally.

Dr Yolanda Fernández Díez from Heriot-Watt University has created a colourful, interactive display that takes youngsters and adults on a journey with carbon atom, Carbaton, to find out how scientists and engineers are developing ways to reduce CO₂ in our atmosphere. Visitors to the City Art Centre will find out more about new technologies that store CO₂ and convert it into useful products. They will also be encouraged to share their views about carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) as a means of tackling climate change.

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Research Associate, Dr Fernández Díez, said: “This exhibition tells you more about CCUS technologies. More importantly, it gives you the chance to express your views about these low-carbon technologies.”

The hands-on display, developed by Dr Fernández Díez and graphic designer Kate Ferrucci, is at the City Art Centre throughout the festival.

Over at Summerhall, SCCS Research Associate, Dr Gareth Johnson, and artist Fergus Dunnet will be adjusting their safety goggles and preparing to do battle on the magnificent CCS Pinball machine. Their fast-paced action game takes the full chain of carbon capture and storage and transforms it into a pinball extravaganza for all ages.Find out more (see page 9)

The dynamic duo said: “CCS Pinball is a freestanding, retro-styled pinball table which uses the elements of CCS as its inspiration and delivers a humorous and enjoyable gaming experience.”

Both exhibits are part of yet another outstanding programme of events and exhibitions being held at city venues from 5-20 April. This year’s science festival explores how “science lies at the heart of everything”. Be inspired, be entertained, but first download the full programme.

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