The ISSF supports community engagement activities targeted at the next generation of scientists to enhance a culture of curiosity, confidence and engagement with science with our communities.  A key aim is to increase awareness of Life Sciences Research in schools in areas of social deprivation to promote widening of access to opportunities in science. 

ISSF funds:

  • support the appointment of a School Outreach Organiser (this post greatly increases the quality and scope of our work and supports public engagement activities of our WT funded researchers)
  • school projects
  • city and rural Science Festivals
  • the Dundee Women's Festival
  • projects to translate science into public art
  • a Life Sciences career paths booklet and resources
  • Open Doors Days
  • Magnificent Microbes and Incredible Immunology activities
  • Café Science
  • Bright Club science comedy
  • public talks and debates

The impact of activities is assessed by questionnaires and reflective feedback discussions with stakeholders.

Case Studies

You can read more about our public engagement activities in the following case studies:

Public Engagement Seed Fund

One of the schemes available through ISSF is the provision of seed funds to University staff and students for competitive researcher driven projects to develop novel public engagement ideas within the Wellcome Trust remit.