University of Dundee

Public Engagement Projects and Events

Current Projects include:

Magnificient Microbes and Incredible Immunology

The events have been in the format of interactive activities for local primary school children and family groups where audiences have the chance to speak to a broad range of researchers who are at different stages of their careers. The events started in the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the format of “Magnificent Microbes” where the wonders (and horrors) of the unseen microbiological world are uncovered. The activities are related to the active research programmes of the teams based in the School. An iterative process of evaluation and refinement following each event has allowed improvements to be made over the years.

Inspired by the success of “Magnificent Microbes”, researchers from the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology embarked on a sister event coined “Incredible Immunology” which was held for the first time in 2015. Following a similar model to that established for Magnificent Microbes, a series of training events, discussions, and a testing day prepared the researchers for the event.

Animating Science

Animating Science is an exciting pilot project where the School has partnered with Dundee Contemporary Arts Learning as part of their public engagement programme, and with local primary schools to support teachers and pupils in the creation of new art/science collaborative projects. Animating Science aims to develop stop motion animation skills with pupils and teachers (P7 - S3) and support them in creating animated films about Life Science concepts and processes.

LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery

LifeSpace is to engage artists and scientists in exciting new collaborations and to foster long-term cross-disciplinary activity that will provide these communities and the public with greater insight into the broad spectrum of life sciences research. This research-driven gallery space is curated as a collaborative partnership between researchers from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and researchers from the School of Life Sciences. It enables an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary art and science interactions as well as providing a location for curatorial exchange between staff, students, researchers and the general public.

Engagement by Plant Sciences

Throughout the year, Plant Sciences run events aimed at reaching a wide audience, from school children to adults. The scientists are passionate about engaging the public about their research and the critical importance of plants in all of our lives. Their flagship event is their annual Power of Plants day at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden where they run the science strand in collaboration with colleagues in the James Hutton Institute.