Our Funders

The annual Dundee Science Festival is not possible without the kind support of funders and the commitment and enthusiasm of the many partners who get involved each year. The festival is led by Dundee Science Centre which is a charity and lifelong learning resource for the community and the support is vital to help us achieve our mission to widen access to science learning.

Dundee Science Festival 2017 has been proudly funded and supported by the following organisations. Thank you for helping to make the festival happen!


Principal Funding Partners

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).


Funding Partners


University of Dundee

The University of Dundee was the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and is one of the World’s top 200 universities. We are the Number 1 University in the UK for biological sciences, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with scientists making ground-breaking contributions to global health challenges and major environmental issues. The University has a core mission to transform lives locally and globally by focusing on four themes; improving health and well-being; innovating technological solutions; life-enhancing creativity; and promoting social change.

Abertay University
Abertay University is an internationally recognised institution dating back to 1888, today, the university is recognised for its achievements in teaching, learning, and research that directly support the industry of today and the future.


Dundee & Angus College
Dundee and Angus College is a further education and higher education college in Dundee, Scotland. It is the only college in Dundee, and, with approximately 23,000 enrolments, is one of the largest in the country.


Edina Trust
The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.


Institute of Physics in Scotland

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. The Institute of Physics aims to provide positive and compelling experiences of physics for public audiences through engaging and entertaining activities and events. We also aim to widen participation in, and enjoyment of, physics and to raise the appreciation of the important role that physics plays in our culture and society. We are glad to be able to fund Dundee Science Festival, since they have a proven record of providing fun, interesting and entertaining activities to the people of Tayside and beyond.


Scotmid Co-operative

Scotmid Co-operative is Scotland's largest independent co-operative. For over 150 years, Scotmid has worked hand in hand with the communities we serve, helping them prosper and improving the lives of our customers and members. As a co-operative society, we are owned by our members, who each have an equal say in how we are run. True to our co-operative values and principles, we are committed to supporting our local communities through investment in both community and co-operative initiatives. From small local organisations to national causes, Scotmid aims to make a difference. Scotmid's Community Grant scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. In the last four years, we have supported hundreds of projects which have touched the lives of people living in the communities we serve.


Skills Development Scotland

Our fully qualified, expert advisers provide career information, advice and guidance in every secondary school in Scotland and from our careers centres across the country, including from our Dundee careers centre:


Royal Exchange Building, Panmure St, Dundee, DD1 1DU

We are also based in community and partner premises across Scotland, and can be reached at our Customer Contact Centre – 0800 917 8000.

The work we do in schools increasingly is focusing on engaging with young people earlier in their academic life and supporting them through to their entry into sustained employment. Our greater interaction with industry means we can factor in their projected demand for skills in the future.

We are also the people behind My World of Work – Scotland’s careers website.  Visit today to get the help you need for the career you want! myworldofwork.co.uk



Xplore Dundee

Xplore Dundee operates a comprehensive network of high-frequency local bus services within the city. The company employs around 360 people and owns a fleet of around 130 buses and coaches. Xplore Dundee is part of the National Express Group and proud to be a Living Wage employer. 

Xplore Dundee is committed to actively contributing to the community and supports the aims of Dundee Science Festival in engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with science and lifelong learning.