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What did science ever do for Dundee? Find out at a unique public event!

What did science ever do for Dundee? Lots! The public is being offered a unique opportunity this Wednesday (3 November) to see behind the closed doors of the city’s leading science and technology businesses, as part of Dundee Science Festival 2010.

With the V&A at Dundee the talk of the town – and the nation – the event will look into how these industries have shaped Dundee, and the city’s great potential for the future.

The event at Dundee Science Centre (Sensation) will look at what science and technology have done for Dundee's recent growth, and their role in the future of the city's ongoing regeneration. It will be chaired by Professor John Palfreyman, Head of the School of Contemporary Sciences at the University of Abertay Dundee.

Visitors to the free event will hear from Mark Grossi (Chief Technology Officer at NCR’s Advanced Concepts Lab in Dundee), Murdo Black (R&D Director of bioscience firm Axis-Shield) and Chris van der Kuyl (CEO of digital technology firm brightsolid) about Dundee’s leading role in life sciences and computer games.

Professor Palfreyman said: "Dundee has a great history of scientific development, and for the city of many discoveries to have a strong, sustainable future requires that spirit of innovation to live on.
"The answer to the event's question - 'What did science ever do for Dundee?' - is a great, great deal! The city really punches above its weight internationally for biosciences and digital technology. At Abertay University we're now developing new ways of using computer games technology to visualise and solve scientific problems around drug treatments for cancer, for example.

"Bringing together experts on science, technology and entertainment will make for a hugely informative, entertaining and stimulating event at Sensation. As we look to the future, with the exciting V&A plans, we all know Dundee has huge potential to grow. Dundee's expertise in science and technology will play an integral part in that."

The event will make use of the various exciting spaces within Dundee Science Centre (Sensation), with three simultaneous café sessions taking place in different locations within the building.   

Members of the public will be able to attend each of the three 30-minute sessions and take part in a discussion on each subject. The event will commence at 6.45pm with a welcome drink and will finish at 9pm.

The event has been organised by the Go Dundee network, which runs regular events. Registration is free by emailing

For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Officer) – T: 01382 308935 M: 07837 250284 E:


This year’s festival is being overseen by a collaboration of partners, led by Dundee Science Centre. Meanwhile, last year’s founder TechFest-SetPoint will again organise the primary programme, the free family day at DISC and be involved with the second family day at Dundee Science Centre.

The festival is supported by the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council’s Education and Development Services and Skills Development Scotland. Those delivering events, some of whom have also invested financial support, include Dundee Science Centre - Sensation, Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), University of Abertay Dundee, University of Dundee, Dundee College, The McManus, Medical Research Council, British Science Association, Dundee Heritage Trust, University of St Andrews and BioDundee.

TechFest-SetPoint is an Aberdeen-based educational charity which promotes interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to young people in the hope of inspiring them to become the scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and skilled employees of the future.

Dundee Science Centre is an HMIE-inspected community learning resource and visitor attraction, with a mission to create a culture of curiosity, confidence and engagement with science for the community of Tayside.


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