Sunday 20, May 2018

Lab Hire

ASCUS Lab is uniquely situated in Summerhall and is a purpose-built lab, left behind from the building’s days as a one hundred year-old veterinary school. Today we have brought what used to be a working research lab back to life, re-inventing it as Scotland’s first publicly accessible lab for experimentation in art and science. In ASCUS lab we run a programme of events and workshops during the Edinburgh International Science Festival as well as on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. Therefore this unique space and facility is available for hire outside of these programme times.

ASCUS Lab Hire

ASCUS Lab is a unique lab space with high ceilings, lots of daylight and that unmistakable lab feel. The space is ideal for hands-on workshops, with bench space for up to 20 people. There is open floor space next to lab benches for talks/presentations that can also sit up to 20 people, this is accommodated for with folding chairs that can be easily laid out and removed as necessary. This ability to accommodate both presentation seating and working lab space makes the ASCUS Lab an ideal and flexible workshop space. Projection equipment is available, please let us know that this is something you require as part of you enquiry. ASCUS Lab is situated across the corridor from Summerhall’s Histology Lab, which is available to rent separately via Summerhall, and is ideal for larger capacity workshops and space for drinks and catering.

Detailed below are the specifications for ASCUS Lab. If you require further technical information please get in touch via Along with the lab we can also offer the use of specialist lab equipment provision of consumables and/or technician support – Please check out our lab facility page for more information on the range of equipment accessible in our lab and again please get in touch at the address above noting your specific requirements. ASCUS Lab is a fully operational biosafety level 1 wetlab.

For general enquiries please contact in the first instance.

ASCUS Lab Technical Specs

Max capacity (60 max)
20 Bench working space (15 fixed bench space, 5 movable bench space)
20 seating (folding chairs)
60 standing
Room Dimensions
Length & Width: 7.9m x 7.8m = 62 m2
Restrictions: due to the nature of this being a lab, food and drink are not permitted in the space


At ASCUS Lab we are passionate about the fields of art and science but for hire we accept any types of proposals that would see the value and benefit of running a project/workshop/event in a lab. We like to consider ourselves open, approachable and flexible, so do send us along your proposal and we look forward to bringing your ideas to life.
Please note – all specifications are subject to change at any time.
Please confirm any requirements in advance.


Summerhall, 1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
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ASCUS Lab is supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award
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