EDINBURGH—Already renowned for its summer arts festival, the Scottish capital is preparing for an annual international science festival each spring.

Organizers have already obtained a pledge of $120,000 from the town council, and hope to raise an additional $750,000 in each of the first three years of the festival. They plan a group of smaller events next year before kicking off the festival in 1989.

The festival is expected to attract both scientists and the public. If a success, it seems certain to compete with the autumnal gatherings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science to offer "a holiday with science."

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