The Orkney International Science Festival kicks off Orkney’s autumn festival season.

It’s a sparkling mix of fascinating science from the very frontiers, and the sheer enjoyment of a festival in an island setting. Full of talks, workshops, demonstrations and social gatherings, there's always a packed programme of events for folk to take in.

This year, the Festival will be marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the Moon. There will be accounts of plant-hunting in the mountains of Turkmenistan, of the return home of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship, and the search for the lost Franklin expedition. The Festival this year will have an added outdoor dimension too, as it joins forces with a new Foraging Fortnight being established in Scotland.

The Festival’s programme will be enhanced by a range of new events, including shore outings and papermaking from natural materials. There will be talks on wild food in Scandinavia, a look at the potential of seaweed for health and nutrition, and an evening of foraged food from the Neolithic.

For more information and to view the full programme, see the official website. The Festival also has a very lively online magazine of science and exploration.