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 2016 was 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

Aberbrothock Skea Charitable Trust

The Aberbrothock Skea Trust supports a wide range of charitable activities in the east of Scotland including health, social care, the environment, community, culture, research and educational matters. The Trustees received a request to support Dundee Science Festival 2016 and were attracted to the festival being a community engagement programme to stimulate scientific interests amongst youngsters (and their parents) who might not otherwise connect with such activities.  

Financial support has been given to the organisers and hopefully by the end of the festival, there will be many more budding young scientists in the Dundee area.


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.


Dundee Festival Trust

The award scheme has been established by Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee to help groups to create, promote, maintain and improve festivals or events held within the City of Dundee.


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.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, the UK professional body for chemical scientists and an international not-for-profit publisher. It supports projects like the Dundee Science Festival through its Outreach Fund scheme, which aims to support people with impactful ideas for engaging schools and the public with chemistry.


Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills.


Tay Charitable Trust


University of Dundee
The University of Dundee is the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year for a second year running and is one of the World’s top 200 universities. Dundee is 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 is the central hub for a multi-million pound biotechnology sector in the east of Scotland and has a core mission to transform lives locally and globally by promoting the sustainable use of global resources, shaping the future through innovative design, and improving social, cultural and physical well-being.


Xplore Dundee

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