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Lasers light up Dundee Science Festival!

25 October 2013

The programme for this year's Dundee Science Festival has been unveiled in a blaze of lasers.

Events will range from the taste-filled evening of ‘Savouring Sensory Science’ and Dundee’s first ever Mini Maker Faire, to science magic shows in primary schools, a chatty look at Dundee dialects, stand-up comedy and even a piano recital.

Last year, over 14,000 people took part, with visitors enjoying events throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire, Fife and beyond.

The festival, which will run from Saturday 2 until Sunday 17 November 2013, is a city-wide celebration of science, which provides fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages.

Abertay University hosts a number of events each year, and in 2013 our academics will be out in local schools with their Contemporary Sciences Roadshow, our ‘get fit in 60 seconds’ research team will be explaining how high-intensity training can improve the nation’s health, and our psychologists will be exploring the science behind what happens to our hormones when we fall in love.

We will also be hosting the popular Dundee Science Eggheads event, where local school children go head-to-head with academics from the universities of Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews.

Alexandra Forrest, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager at Dundee Science Centre, said:

“Now in its fourth year, Dundee Science Festival aims to celebrate Dundee as a city of science and innovation, raise local pride in the city, enhance Dundee’s national and international profile as a city of scientific discovery and recognise science as an aspect of culture, alongside arts and heritage. 

"Our partners have created an exceptional programme of events which will more than tick these boxes, and we’re truly excited to be unveiling a programme packed with events which fuse science with dance, theatre, comedy, heritage and art, kick-starting the buzz that Dundee Science Festival consistently creates.”

Dundee Science Festival is supported by the Scottish Government, EventScotland, University of Dundee, Dundee City Council. Other supporters include Medical Research Council, Skills Development Scotland, Abertay University, Edina Trust and The Gannochy Trust.

For more information about Dundee Science Festival, and to book events, visit

Alternatively, you can contact the Dundee Science Festival team via email or phone 01382 228800.


For media enquiries about Dundee Science Festival please contact Claire Grainger T: 07912 324 264 E:

Notes to Editors:

The picture above features Dr David McGloin, Head of Physics at Dundee University.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s core purpose is to create a more successful country, with opportunities for everyone to flourish, through sustainable growth. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are central to this aspiration, and events such as Dundee Science Festival give local scientists a chance to tell people about the cutting edge, world-leading work they do, and the benefits and opportunities of a career in STEM.

Dundee City Council

Dundee City Council Education Department is proud to support Dundee Science Festival. Our pupils are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies. Through Curriculum for Excellence in our schools, children and young people will develop a secure understanding of important scientific concepts and a lifelong interest in science and its applications. The festival offers the opportunity to engage with a range of partners who are involved in cutting edge, world-leading work – inspiring children and young people to develop their interest and aspiration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events, EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

The University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is proud to support and participate in Dundee Science Festival. The University is an internationally renowned institution with an ambitious agenda for transformation. Our global and local remit drives a wide-ranging programme of public engagement which makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the city and its reputation in the world. Our staff and students are delighted to share and discuss their world-leading research and knowledge with the many thousands of visitors to the festival. 

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