These are links to some interesting sources of ideas and information on science, technology and innovation that we have come across.
Ideas Edinburgh International Science Festival
The world's first science festival, taking the city's rich scientific tradition and carrying it forward in a 'city of science' strategy for economic development.
Highland Science Festival
With events from Applecross to Achiltibuie and from Cromarty to Kingussie, and with Extreme Lectures in interesting places, this two-year trial event was described as 'the freshest thing in the Highlands for ages'.
Orkney International Science Festival
One of the world's longest running annual science festivals, each year breaking new ground in form and content. Speakers for the 2012 Festival, which ran from 6-12 September, included Jane Goodall and Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
Wrexham Science Festival
A highly successful approach to regional economic development, sending a message of success and achievement across North-East Wales.
A site packed with information, established by the magazine Nature to provide the developing world with information about science and technology and the skills to communicate knowledge and ideas. It provides a global picture.
Highlands Astronomical Society
The Society (HAS for short) have a keen membership, with a lively programme of talks and meetings, and regular sessions at their new observatory – and new members are warmly welcome. Their website is a mine of information for all levels of interest – it's just the place to go to get started, and to see some brilliant pictures of the night sky.
An online journal on scientific communication, based in Trieste and advised by an international board. It seeks to open up key issues concerning the communication of contemporary science.
Moray's Astronomy Club, Sigma
Sigma get great turnouts to their meetings in the Birnie Hall and their evening observing sessions and like HAS are always delighted to welcome new members. Their website has information about many aspects of astronomy, plus superb photographs of the night sky by club members.
Formed by people, companies and organisations, with the aim of encouraging support for the development of the UK's first operational spaceport.
The Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Represents some of the liveliest places for an interesting and enjoyable visit. There are around a hundred of them. About half are science centres, and the other half are discovery centres in museums, botanic gardens, aquariums and zoos. Their website provides links to the various centres themselves and descriptions of the varied activities that they do.
The British Science Association
Founded over 180 years ago to make science more accessible, the Association in recent years has created Science and Engineering Week (next year's dates are 15-24 March 2013). It also runs science clubs, science fairs, local activities and travels round the country to gather for an annual festival at a selected town or city. Through its Moray & Highland Branch, the T-Exchange has developed.