Public Engagement Funding available at University of Dundee

At the University of Dundee, our School of Life Sciences has Public Engagement Seed Funds available that provide funding to researcher driven projects to develop novel public engagement ideas within Wellcome's remit (health and wellbeing). Applications are welcome from all staff groups and students, from every area of the University. Please contact for more information.

Wow! Why? Aha! Communicating Complexity - OPD Training course

When: Tuesday 20 March 2018, 10am-5pm
Where: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to develop their public engagement activities (public performance, workshops, press, TV or radio) through to those just wishing to improve their lecturing or speaking skills. Delivered by international TV science presenter, performer and writer Tom Pringle (AKA Dr Bunhead from Brainiac).

If you're new to public engagement then this course will give you the ideas and inspiration to bring your specialist knowledge into the public realm. For the more experienced communicators this is an excellent opportunity to further hone your skills.

Book your free place via the OPD booking webpage.

An Introduction to Engaging Public Audiences with Your Research - OPD Training course

When: Wednesday 9 May 2018, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Where: OPD Training Room, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Learn how you can make the most of engaging with different public groups, including schools, general public and policy makers. Try some practical skills to help you engage diverse audiences and find out how the University can support you reach these new audiences. A panel discussion with experts with a strong track record of supporting engagement with research completes this session.

Discussing your research with the public has wide-ranging benefits for you and your career: from raising your profile and networking to becoming a confident communicator to public audiences. These skills can easily be transferred to develop effective presentation skills and enhance teaching.

Book your free place via the OPD booking webpage.

Winners of the 2018 Stephen Fry Awards for Public Engagement with Research

University of Dundee researchers have been praised by Stephen Fry after their efforts in communicating research to the public won them awards named after the University’s former rector.

The 2018 Public Engagement Project of the Year was won by Hands of X, a collaboration that designs made-to-order prosthetic hands in a range of materials and colours according to the wearers’ preference. The team included Dr Graham Pullin, Dr Andrew Cook and Eddie Small from the University, as well as colleagues from other organisations.

Dr Daniel Cook, of the University’s English department, has been named Engaged Researcher of the Year in recognition the role he has played in bringing the works of Mary Shelley, H.G.Wells and Jonathan Swift to life for new audiences in Dundee as part of the national Being Human Festival. Read more on the Stephen Fry Award Winners here.

Life Sciences Gold Award for Public Engagement

Congratulations to the University's School of Life Sciences who have been awarded a prestigious Gold Watermark for its work in bringing world-class science to the wider community. The School is the first to receive the faculty-level Gold Engage Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, demonstrating that they are a beacon of excellence when it comes to sharing the work they do with the wider community and show how public engagement has built substantial momentum over several years. Read more about the School's Engage Watermark here.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

Would you like to become a STEM Ambassador? Fife College are the co-ordinators of the scheme in Dundee that provide a link between local schools and event organisers who would like to connect with enthusiastic staff and students in science, technology, engineering and maths fields.

For more information please visit

Informal Cafe Discussions

Please see the Cafe Science Dundee and Dundee Arts Cafe websites to find out about informal and inspiring events in your local area.