University of Dundee

Public outreach

Life Sciences Imaging in Dundee has always been at the forefront of engaging the public in scientific research and continues to lead the way in providing new and innovative ways to deliver engagement and reach wider audiences.

Our reputation for research that is interdisciplinary, collaborative and at the cutting- edge of technology is reflected in our science engagement strategy; our public engagement projects aspire to create a culture of knowledge- sharing and communication by accessing the widest possible audience through a variety of technological and visual media, ensuring that the understanding of science is delivered in novel and stimulating ways.

The Dundee Imaging Facility is uniquely placed to deliver engagement and impact as it comprises technologies used by life scientists across a range of visual scales and by physicists, engineers and clinicians from a variety or research disciplines.

Our commitment is to use world-class research technology to embed an understanding of science within our local community and culture, and to include schools at secondary and primary in our outreach campaigns.

Schools Outreach Programme

The Imaging Facility has been instrumental in initiating the School of Life Sciences’ School Outreach Project. Taking microscopes, slides and samples into schools to demonstrate to students the educational and inspirational possibilities of Life Sciences research has now led to a full programme of activities with Schools in the Dundee and Tayside areas.

Dundee Science Centre

This includes our work with Dundee Science Centre where we have created the Life Sciences Zone, an embedded interactive area equipped to promote the understanding of the full range basic life sciences research at the University of Dundee.

Currently comprising 3 microscopes, two display screens and activities, the zone also gives our early career researchers and students the opportunity to develop their science communication skills. The installation is being developed to include Films, Virtual Lab Tours, slide-shows demonstrating the real-world impact of our research and live web-links to Life Sciences Labs.

Outer Space | Inner Space at The Mills Observatory

We are also working with the Mills Observatory on Inner Space | Outer Space: a collaboration between the School of Life Sciences and the Schools of Science and Engineering with the Mills Observatory. It aims to bring an interdisciplinary group of researchers together, at one of Dundee’s iconic landmarks The Mills Observatory order to develop an adaptable space and activities under the theme of “Ways of Seeing” the invisible universe.

The space created will be used to develop, trial and offer public engagement activity that is technology-based, and reaches the widest possible community within a public space.

We are working with Dundee City Council towards developing the currently disused planetarium space to create space for a virtual planetarium - a space to challenge concepts of scientific scale, (as well as of scientific disciplines) by further adapting the technology to use life sciences images of cells, molecular structures and DNA to give a virtual tour of the inside of cellular and molecular structures produced by scientists at the Dundee Imaging Facility.