BOFFINS are being urged to support the first ever Midlothian Science Festival which begins later this month.
A range of exhibitions, talks and competitions aimed at both adults and children will take place at venues.
Among the events will be an exhibition about Mars focusing on the exploits of Curiosity Rover – a car-sized robotic vehicle that landed on the red planet in August – with information on the instruments it is carrying and how evidence for extraterrestrial life is being sought.
Also appearing is bird flu expert Dr Helen Sang – a prominent Midlothian scientist based at the Roslin Institute and the first researcher to alter the genes of a chicken – who will give a talk on genetic modification.
The Midlothian Science Festival runs from October 13 to 21, with some events ticketed. For more information and to book, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.