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This year the Dundee Science Festival has hosted over 107 different events, both online and in-person over the years. Browse our previous events on this page.

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Changing Oceans Changing Climates

A Changing Ocean in a Changing Climate

Did you know, the ocean absorbs about 30% of the carbon dioxide that is released in the atmosphere? Find out how climate change is impacting the marine environment.

Sponsor: The Scottish Seabird Centre.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Game Of Stones R1

A Game of Stones

Talks about space and geology delivered remotely via Zoom.

Sponsor: Birkbeck College.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) Online video Video
Amazing Anatomy

Amazing Anatomy, Fascinating Facts and Mind-Boggling Bodies (2020)

Study human anatomy and forensic science with active practitioners working and researching at the very top of their field.

Sponsor: Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) video Video
Animation Sci Comm

Animation for Science Communication

Discover how animation can be used as a form of science communication!

Sponsor: Dundee and Angus College.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Askanexpert

Ask An Expert - Climate Scientist James Rae

A back-to-basics sort of answer session - What is climate change? What is COP? What is the Paris agreement? What is the 1.5 degrees?

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2021 2021 Climate Sponsor video Video
Ama Climate Space

Ask Me Anything: Climate and Space

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about climate and space.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Ama Eng And Tech

Ask Me Anything: Engineering and Technology

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about engineering and technology.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Ama Life Science

Ask Me Anything: Life Sciences and Human Biology

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about life sciences and human biology.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Astronomyscavengerhunt

Astronomy Scavenger Hunt

What’s out there in space? Set off this evening on a scavenger hunt to collect stars, galaxies, quasars and maybe even some asteroids!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2021 2021
Being Human Destination Moon

Being Human Festival: Destination Moon!

Join us online at the Dundee Science Centre for some exclusive space-themed recordings, such as how to make your own astro-crafts, pop-up performances and stories, and more.

Sponsor: Being Human Festival.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Circulareconomies

Circular Economies

What we do with all of our ‘stuff’ makes a big difference to the environment! We’re going to have a closer look at what happens to all the things we recycle, and how a circular economy is great for the planet.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021 Learning Online
Geobus Week1 Climate Change R3

Climate Change

The science is simple, the impacts are serious, the problem is solvable. Find out more with Dr James Rae.

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Climate Change Around the Earth

Climate Change Around the Earth

What’s the difference between weather and climate? What’s happening to the weather in Dundee and around the world? Find out in this first lesson of the Dundee Science Festival 2021.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021 Climate Learning Online
Climatechange_lessons

Climate Change: Lessons from Earth's Past For Our Future

If climate has changed before, why are we worried about what's happening now? In this session We'll take you on Earth's climate time machine

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2021 2021 Learning Online
Codeart

Code Art - My World of Work

Learn to create shapes and program your own artwork while learning basic programming skills. For this activity you will need access to a laptop or desktop.

Sponsor: Skills Development Scotland.

2021 2021 Coding Interactive Online
Rube Goldberg R1

Competition: Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine, enter our competition and you could win free tickets to visit the Dundee Science Centre.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 competitions Competitions Online
Explorathon Cool Chemistry Icon R1

Cool Chemistry

Try your hand at some cool chemistry experiments you can do at home!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Corals And Ocean Acidification Thumbnail R1

Corals and Ocean Acidification

This is a video demonstration of how corals build the skeletons that make up reefs and how this process is affected by climate change.

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Crackingcryptography

Cracking Cryptography

Young people will learn about cryptography and will use programs to encrypt and decrypt messages whilst exploring careers in cyber security.

Sponsor: Skills Development Scotland.

2021 2021 Coding Interactive Online
Cornflour R1

Creating Captivating Cornflour

Simply mixing water with cornflour will mesmerise you and your family!

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

2020 2020 download Download 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Technocamps Cryptography Icon V2

Cryptography - Learn How To Write and Solve Secret Messages

Pig Pens, mysterious meetings and Caesar's Secrets - in this activity pack you will learn how to use cyphers to uncover and send secret messages.

Sponsor: Technocamps.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime download Download 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online video Video
Cyclingandactive

Cycling & Active Travel for Everyone

Online discussion and engagement highlighting cycling and active travel opportunities for everyone. 

Sponsor: Cycling Scotland.

2021 2021 Community Online outdoors Outdoors
Destination Space Show

Destination Space

Find out about the UK's very own space industry, upcoming missions and the useful information we get from robots in space.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) Online
Diagnosis Kidnapped R1

Diagnosis: Kidnapped!

Can you solve the puzzles and save our scientists? Our researchers have been kidnapped by diabolical forces who want to steal their work.

Sponsor: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online
Diagnosiskidnapped

Diagnosis: Kidnapped! Online Escape Game

Can you solve the puzzles and save our scientists? Our researchers have been kidnapped by diabolical forces who want to steal their work.

Sponsor: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Interactive Online
Digitalstorytelling

Digital Storytelling

Inspired by the Scottish Book Trusts' own Digital Stories project, we knew our scientists had their own unique stories to tell. We have a whole variety of videos online for you to watch. Find out all about interesting discoveries, to career pathways, and even the world first great toilet paper shortage.

Sponsor: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Online video Video
Diveintothedeep

Dive Into The Deep Experience

The Deep Sea remains the least explored environment left on planet earth, in this workshop we will explore this amazing ecosystem and learn about its unsolved mysteries.

Sponsor: Cerebral Ape Limited.

2021 2021 Interactive Online
Dr Data R1

Dr Data - Have You Got What It Takes To Run a Big Data Project?

You are the researcher in charge of a Big Data project. You need to keep knowledge, ethics, money, and people in balance.

Sponsor: CoMorMent.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online
Drake Equation Thumbnail R1

Drake Equation - Life on Other Planets in the Milky Way

Find out about the Drake Equation with Dundee & Angus College.

Sponsor: Dundee and Angus College.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Dundee Discoveries Walk

Dundee Discoveries - Past and Present

Go on this self-guided walking tour through pioneering scientific research in medicine, biology, forensics, nursing and dentistry from the past to the present.

Sponsor: School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Dsc_sensoryproject

Dundee Science Centre Sensory Project

Dundee Science Centre invited students and recent graduates to co-create and design a Sensory Pad exhibit that will be considered for inclusion in the permanent exhibition within the Sensory Zone

Sponsor: Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art.

2021 2021 Community Online
Early Explorers Icon R1

Early Explorers: Coding Game

Have a go at making your own coding game without a screen!

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online video Video
Early Explorers Sally Space

Early Explorers: Sally the Sloth

Early Explorers is a programme for 3-5 year olds, encouraging social skills, self-awareness and critical thinking in nursery aged children.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) Online video Video
Early Explorers Meet Stuffee

Early Explorers: Stuffee

Early Explorers is a programme for 3-5 year olds, encouraging social skills, self-awareness and critical thinking in nursery aged children.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Howtotacklesustainability

Energy and Carbon Reduction - How to Tackle Sustainability

Presentation with images and voiceover speaking about Circular Economy and changes that businesses can make to become more sustainable and complicit with Government targets and legislation.

Sponsor: Here's The Plan.

2021 2021 Community Online
Magic Movies R1

Engineering in the Movies: Magic Drum

Create your own moving animation using recycled materials, pen and paper.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Sense Escape Iss

Escape from the International Space Station

This is a satellite-themed STEM activity aimed at upper primary children (7 to 11).

Sponsor: SENSE Earth Observation CDT.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) Online
Fossilfuels

Fossil Fuels And Renewable Energy

A lot of our energy, things like electricity to power our lights, gas to cook our food, and petrol to power our cars, comes from fossil fuels. Let Dundee Science Centre teach you the impacts of using these finite resources.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021 Climate Learning Online
Freefridaystandrews

Free Friday at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Come along and join us to explore the garden completely free of charge for our special Free Friday event.

Sponsor: St Andrews Botanic Gardens.

2021 2021 Community outdoors Outdoors
Gamesdesign

Games Design

Using Microsoft MakeCode, young people will program and create their own short video game, learning basic programming skills.

Sponsor: Skills Development Scotland.

2021 2021
Getinvolvedinhealthresearch

Get Involved In Health Research With SHARE

The Scottish Health Research Register & Biobank will be here to explain why health research is so important and how people can get involved?

Sponsor: SHARE (Scottish Health Research Register and Biobank).

2021 2021 Learning
Geobus Microbe Community V2

Grow Your Own Microbial Community

Build a Winogradski column and grow your own micro-ecosystem!

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Inconversation

In Conversation With... The TB Taskmasters

Lots of people mistakenly think of TB as a disease of the past.At the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, we are trying to change that.

Sponsor: School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Community Online
Behindthescenesatcop26

Live From COP26 Glasgow

Join Rebecca Wade from Abertay University as she takes us behind the scenes at COP26 in Glasgow.

Sponsor: Abertay University.

2021 2021 Climate COP26 video Video
Jalview Charleston Event Photo

Looking into DNA and RNA

DNA and RNA are two very important molecules, find out what they are and why they are important!

Sponsor: University of Dundee.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online
Straws Icon R1

Make a Catapult

Create your own catapult using things you can find around your house!

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) video Video
Medicalcuriosities

Medical Curiosities

Dive into medical history at this year’s Science Festival. Discover medical marvels, curiosities, and life cycles with these three displays from University of Dundee Museums.

Sponsor: University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Learning Online
Medical Myths Show

Medical Myths and Mysteries

Discover medical myths and mysteries with Dundee Science Centre.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online video Video
Meetourartist

Meet our Artist-in-(Digital)-Residence

For the past year, artist Emily Fong has been remotely resident at the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research. She has met the scientists and explored the different jobs they do to create new medicines. From this work, she has created a beautiful online gallery and blog.

Sponsor: University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Community Online
Mentalhealth_riskandresilience

Mental Health: Risk and Resilience, DNA and Medicine, Dr Data

The development of mental illness is rarely if ever, caused by a single risk factor. This online game/simulation explores how different risk factors may 'stack up' and lead to mental illness

Sponsor: CoMorMent.

2021 2021 Community Interactive Online
Explorathon Microorganism Of The Day

Micro-Organism of the Day

Take a look at a different microorganism every day and learn why research into these tiny critters is important.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Milking It R1

Milking it

Many of the products we buy today are made from or contain plastic. Explore how to make plastic using just milk and vinegar with different ideas for applications.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Missiontomars

Mission to Mars

This workshop allows participants to take control of a real robotic rover complete with cameras and grabbing claws to explore and complete challenges on a realistic model Martian landscape.

Sponsor: Cerebral Ape Limited.

2021 2021
Mvv Icon R1

MVV Environment Baldovie - Energy from Waste

Discover how MVV generates energy from waste, meet some of the team and find out about their careers.

Sponsor: MVV Environment.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Digitalstories

My Journey, Your Journey: Digital Stories of Hope and Resilience

Watch our digital stories which have been created by: adults with lived experience of depression, parents of young people with mental illness and researchers who study these conditions.

Sponsor: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

2021 2021 Community Online video Video
World Of Work R1

My World of Work Live!

My World of Work Live is a set of fun, interactive activities that help young people understand future careers.

Sponsor: Skills Development Scotland.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online
Foodchoices

On Food Choices

The food we eat can make a big difference to the climate! Watch the video below to learn about how our food choices can affect the planet.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021 Climate Learning Online
Explorathon Organ Of The Day

Organ of the Day

Join us and find out about an organ a day this week!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Testyourfacerecognition

Participate in Ongoing Research - Test Your Face Recognition

Stirling University Face Lab seeks families for online research. Can you help us investigate how face recognition ability develops through childhood so we can to help children who have difficulties recognising friends or family?

Sponsor: The Face Lab, University of Stirling.

2021 2021 Interactive Online
Peat R1

Peat, People and the Planet

An interactive online exhibit on how peatlands form, how people use them, and why they are important in the context of global climate change.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Sponsor St Andrews R1

Physics Online Lab Tour

Ever wondered what a physics lab looks like? Take a look inside the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials lab at the University of St Andrews.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

Power Up

Power Up!

Take a look at different types of energy, the importance of electricity and how it is generated.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Technocamps Python Maths V4

Python Maths

From printing 'Hello World' to producing polygons, this introduction to programming in Python will give you all the skills you need to really get to grip with the basics.

Sponsor: Technocamps.

2020anytime Anytime download Download 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online video Video
Atkins Reforestation And Sustainability

Reforestation and Sustainability

Find out about reforestation and sustainability in this video with Andreas.

Sponsor: Atkins.

2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Retrogamedesign

Retro Game Design

Create and play your own video game! Retro Gamemaking is making a comeback and we are on track to join the fun! Learn how to develop computer-based games in an environment with a “fun first” emphasis.

Sponsor: ComputerXplorers.

2021 2021 Interactive Online
Explorathon Rock Pools Icon R2

Rockin' Rock Pools

Join James and look at some rock pools and learn about this important environment.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Rspb Wild Challenges

RSPB: Wild Challenges

Get closer to nature, have fun – and earn awards for doing it! Are you ready to take on a Wild Challenge?

Sponsor: The RSPB Wildlife Charity.

2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Savingenergyinscotland

Saving Energy in Scotland

Scotland is aiming to have a net-zero target for all greenhouse gas emission by 2045, with the rest of the UK aiming to meet this by 2050. But what does this mean?

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021
Sci Fun Do It Yourself

SCI-FUN-Do-It-Yourself

Recreate the University of Edinburgh's SCI-FUN Roadshow activities at home!

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh.

2020 2020 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Seamonsters Icon R1

Science and Sea Monsters

The hunt for Nessie may be more scientific than you think. Join Explorathon and find out more!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Water Cycle R3

Scottish Water

Discover challenges, hands-on activities and resource sheets from Scottish Water!

Sponsor: Scottish Water.

2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3)
Technocamps Scratch And Programming Icon V2

Scratch Games and Programming

If you've ever fancied yourself as a game designer or programmer, it's time to Scratch that itch!

Sponsor: Technocamps.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime download Download 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online video Video
Solar System Walk Icon R1

Solar System Trail

Embark on our Solar System Trail through the city of Dundee and follow the planets on this 4.5km walk.

Sponsors: Dundee Science Centre and Greenhealth Partnership.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) outdoors Outdoors
Spottheengineer V2

Spot The Engineer Game

Spot the Engineer Game is an interactive 3D game for Children which inspires, motivates and opens up their imaginations.

Sponsor: Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers.

2021 2021 Online
Explorathon Botanic Tour Icon R1

St Andrews Botanic Garden: Online Tour

See the Botanic Garden in St Andrews in this virtual tour with Explorathon20.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Star Feature Eps

Star Feature (Six Episodes)

These short videos will provide a quick guide and some interesting and inspiring information.

Sponsor: Royal Observatory Edinburgh (UKRI/STFC).

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1) video Video
Comorment Stratified Medicine

Stratified Medicine - Which Medicine is Right for You?

In the future, doctors may use DNA tests to help them decide which medicine to prescribe.

Sponsor: CoMorMent.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2)
Techfest Event R1

TechFest

Our friends at TechFest will be running their festival from 5-25 November 2020.

Sponsor: TechFest.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online
Geobus Martian Fact Fiction V2

The Martian - Science Fact or Science Fiction

Many space movies have hit our screens relaying drama, adventure, and scientific discovery... But how much is scientific fact and how much is Hollywood fiction?

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

2020 2020 2020week1 Climate and Space (2020 Week 1)
Weesatellitechallenge

The Wee Satellite Challenge

What’s small, cube-shaped and hangs 60 miles above your house? CubeSats are tiny wee satellites that do amazing things. Bring the whole family along to help pals Muza and Mikey as they try to get some off the ground!

Sponsor: Institute of Physics Scotland.

2021 2021 Interactive Online
Weecair Medicinal Garden

The WeeCAIR Medicinal Garden

Unearth the science and history of the medicinal plants which influence modern medicine. You’ll meet the team who are building the garden and find out how to choose your own healing herbs.

Sponsor: School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

2020 2020 2020week2 Life Sciences and Human Biology (2020 Week 2) Online video Video
Virtuallabtour

Virtual Lab Tour

Laboratories are cool, fascinating spaces. They are also busy, can smell a bit funky, and are full of chemicals and other hazards. Because of this, it’s tricky for us to let many people into our labs in real life.

Sponsor: University of Dundee.

2021 2021 Community Interactive Online
Uod Explore Virtually

Virtually Explore: Science and Engineering

Go behind-the-scenes ar The King's Buildings campus at the University of Edinburgh.

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh.

2020 2020 2020anytime Anytime 2020week3 Engineering and Technology (2020 Week 3) Online
Virtuallyexplore_scienceatuoe

Virtually Explore: Science at the University of Edinburgh

Go behind-the-scenes at The King's Buildings campus at the University of Edinburgh.

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh.

2021 2021 Interactive
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Visit Dundee Science Centre

Visit the Dundee Science Centre and learn more about our exciting new exhibits.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2020 2020 In-Person Event indoors Indoors
Visual Illusions

Visual Illusions with The University of Edinburgh

Become an independent vision scientist and explore interactive visual illusions in the largest scientific online depository.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

2021 2021 Learning Online

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