A science arena is being introduced for the first time at the forthcoming Belladrum music festival.
The family event on the outskirts of Beauly next month will host the Belladrum Boffinarium, located within the walled garden area and housed within a giant bamboo dome.
Highlights of the programme include late night stargazing sessions with astronomer Stephen Mackintosh from Highland Astronomy.
There will also be Professor Pumpernickel’s family science show and a look at opportunities in the space industry with the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.
A panel on ‘Women in Science’ will hosted by Skills Development Scotland and featuring guest speakers, Catriona Chambers (Spacex), Louise Gordon (Lifescan), Dr Antonia Pritchard (UHI), Dr Heidi Burdett (Lyell Centre) and Emma Comrie (Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science).
Bella promoter Joe Gibbs said: “The Bella Boffinarium is showing the other side of the coin to this year’s science fiction festival theme, this is science fact presented in an engaging, entertaining and blow-your-mind way.”
A spokesman for the Royal Society of Edinburgh, who will also be featuring, said: “We are delighted to be part of the first Belladrum Boffinarium which is making science and fun and accessible to all. We’re looking forward to meeting you there.”
Music acts to appear include Johnny Marr and Lewis Capaldi.