delivering engagement in new and innovative ways to reach wider audiences
The Giant Worm is an interactive project from Outer Space I Inner Space demonstrating how ‘C. elegans’, a minuscule worm that lives in compost heaps, helps world-leading research carried out in GRE. A massive video wall allows visitors to get up close and personal with the inner world of the 1mm long roundworm that live for 2-3 weeks and eat bacteria.
Story of the Giant Worm…
Activities designed to teach about optics for near and far including building a telescope from scratch, turning smartphones and tablets into a convenient telescope and building a microscope out of LEGO pieces.
Story of “Optics for near and far“
Have you ever wondered what it is like to have Impaired Colour Vision (ICV – commonly called colour blindness)? In this interactive exhibit the public were able to experience seeing through ICV eyes and learnt more about this often misunderstood condition from David Flatla based in Computing at the University of Dundee.
Dr Flatla is a Lecturer and Dundee Fellow within Computing at the University of Dundee. David leads the DAPRlab (Digitally-Augmented Perception Research lab) research group that combines sensors and wearable devices to enhance the day-to-day abilities of seeing and hearing for everyone – both people with impairments as well as those with typical abilities.
Current DAPRlab projects include improving the visibility of mobile screen content in bright light and developing visualizations to improve speech (lip) reading.
David’s personal research focusses on helping people with impaired colour vision. Within Computing at the University of Dundee, David co-teaches Human Computer Interaction and teaches ‘Exploring Colour Vision Deficiency’, a component of the Research Frontiers module.
Take a look at DAPRlab
Dundee scientists brought the public a very Scottish story about a unique creature that inhabits a Loch in North Scotland (no, it’s not what you think!).
A very fishy tale is based on work Alan Prescott and a former Dundee based researcher, Nicholas Cole (in Cheryll Tickle‘s lab) conducted a number of years ago and published in Current Biology. The unique creature was not the Loch Ness monster but a stickleback lacking a pelvic spine which were collected from an isolated loch in North Uist. Alan took large montages on the Schools’ scanning electron microscope of one of the stickleback fry (shown left). Together with Rolf Black and Jens Januschke from Cell and Developmental Biology, they gave a talk about evolution of isolated species such as the sticklebacks, the role of the mutated gene (Pitx1) which is lost in the stickleback and is associated with clubfoot in humans.
A special event where visitors tried to land a spacecraft on the surface of a planet using software and space technology developed at the University of Dundee.
Mills Observatory in Dundee celebrated 80 years of stargazing and public engagement with the official launch of a new interactive project, `Outer Space | Inner Space’, developed by the University of Dundee.
Find out more about OSIS at the Mills at 80
A photography competition aimed to promote views of Scotland and Dundee as seen through the eyes of our international SLS community.
Our Foreign Skies Story
View the Shortlist
Conversations between Pernille Spence, an artist and Professor Sonia Rocha, a scientist in GRE resulted in the durational performance The Breath Between Us. Spence was intrigued by Professor Rocha’s research into hypoxia, where she is looking at how cells respond to low oxygen levels. Through these conversations Spence became interested in working with the invisibility of oxygen, and using controlled breathing techniques she explored how the body would respond to fluctuating oxygen levels during a prolonged period of time.
Over 3.5 hours, the artist’s breath became visible as she transferred the breath from her body into a meteorological weather balloon until it expanded to the height of the artist herself. More information and a video of the performance can be found on Pernille Spence’s website.
The Breath Between Us was a commissioned performance for the ‘Shared Imagination Symposium’ and Exhibition, a Wellcome Trust and Exhibitions, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, collaborative event. The performance took place on the 6th October 2011.
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