University of Dundee

Outer Space | Inner Space

Winter Season: Microscope Marvels!

An interdisciplinary collaboration using research technology to make scientific research accessible to everyone

Outer Space | Inner Space is a science communication venture, creating an adaptable immersive space at the iconic Mills Observatory, supported by an interactive, science outreach programme to promote cutting-edge research from the University of Dundee.

Winter Season at the Mills


Sun 1 October 2017 - Sat 31 March 2018
FREE Admission

This winter, view our exciting interactive screen installation to learn why microscopes are an important tool for scientists and uncover the marvels of the miniature world. Available to view in the Observatory’s Planetarium during public opening hours, except when the space is in use for shows and workshops.


Sat 24 February & Sat 24 March, 1-3pm
FREE. No need to book, just drop in.

Drop in and get involved with science experiments and discover the tools scientists use when they learn more about the wonders of the world! Meet scientists and find out about the amazing research work taking place at the University of Dundee. More details soon.

If you would like to book a group visit and meet with one of our scientists, please contact Schools Outreach Officer on or +44 (0)1382 386 460.

About Outer Space | Inner Space

The Mills Observatory in the heart of Dundee provides a unique location to develop, trial and offer public engagement activity that is immersive, uses multimodal-presentation techniques through a room-filling visual presentation screen, allowing visitors of all ages and abilities to engage with and explore the wonders of the research taking place in the School.

This ambitious project is funded by the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression (GRE) at the University of Dundee by a Strategic Grant from the Wellcome Trust. In partnership with Leisure and Culture Dundee and Dundee City Council this project has been developed in collaboration with the School of Science and Engineering’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Research Group and with input from researchers from across the University.

The new facilities allow accessible, interactive exploration of University research. The technology used will also ensure that all audiences, especially people with disabilities, can experience and interact with the installations.

Further information about OSIS can be found in the Sharing Science section of the GRE website.