University of Dundee

Support for the Public: Get Involved!

We feel as a School that connecting with the public is a vital part of our work. By doing so it allows the creation and sharing of knowledge, widening our reach and meeting the needs of those we interact with. We endeavour to inspire participation in science and make science relevant for everyone.

There are many ways in which you can get involved:

Attend Events

We host an array of events throughout the year which you can attend. These range from our annual Open Doors Day, talks by our researchers at events such as Cafe Science to visiting exhibitions at LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery in the School and Outer Space | Inner Space at the Mills Observatory. Further details on our outreach projects can be found on our Public Engagement Projects and Events Page.

Participate in our Citizen Science activities

We always welcome participation and input from the general public in our projects when possible. Recently, our exhibition Beyond Skin in LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery included work where the artists were inspired by participants in workshops with Eczema Outreach Scotland. In another project with P.L.A.N.T. Tayport Community Garden, people provided a soil sample to learn about their own soil bacteria and help scientist Nicola Stanley-Wall in the School in her research into these bacterial communities. The participants were able to process their sample together with a scientist and were provided with pictures of their own bacteria and information about them.

Join a Patient Support Group

Our Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) are working with the charity Parkinson’s UK, as well as with local patients and carers, to establish a ‘Parkinson’s Research Interest Group’ in Tayside. They look forward to discussing their research findings with the group and to hearing what the group think about their work.  If you would like to know more about this group, then please contact MRC-PPU Senior Administrator Alison Hart by email on a.y.hart@dundee.ac.uk

Schools Outreach

The School provides a number of opportunties for schools to interact with research and researchers. These include the chance to participate in events such as Magnificent Microbes, Incredible Immunology and RSE Saturday morning Masterclasses or longer-term projects such as Animating Science and Antibiotics Unearthed. We also provide secondary school lab practical support and training for teachers, work experience opportunities and access to resources. More details can be found in our dedicated Schools Outreach pages.