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Researcher Visits

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Dundee Science Centre are excited to offer pre-booked researcher visits on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You will be situated in our purpose-built Culture Lab room, located at the back of the Centre on the ground floor.

We will be running two sessions a day on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, with one running from 10am to 12:30pm and the other running from 1pm to 3:30pm. Researchers are able to conduct research for one of these sessions, or for a full day. We do also run a general public session on a Wednesday, which runs from 11am to 2pm – whilst this is generally quieter than the weekend sessions, the audience tends to be of a younger age (early years and children not old enough to go to school).

For more information about our researcher visits, please consult the document below:

DSC Researcher Visit Brief 2024


Room Facilities
  • The standard set up for the room is 2 small tables and 4 chairs suitable for small children
  • The room itself can be closed off to the rest of the public areas through the two doors
  • There are two plug sockets in the room
  • Dimmable lights
  • When the room is in use require “Do not enter” signs, which can be placed on the doors when closed
  • The room can also be subdivided into two smaller rooms
  • If you require any further equipment such as tables and adults chairs, or specific items, please let us know in advance of your visit
Visitor/Participant Information

As a requirement of booking, we need the following multimedia items:

An A4 information sign – to be located at reception and on the TV monitor outside of Culture Lab:

  • Who/what organisation will be performing the research
  • Where the research will be taking place
  • What the research will consist of
  • What is the aim of the research/why is this being conducted
  • This document will be placed in a stand at our Reception area, which will be visible as visitors arrive at the centre

We use Canva for all multimedia creation here at the centre, you can find an editable template for researcher visit information signage here. Please ensure that you have edited this Canva file at minimum a week before your planned research visit so that our team have time to approve this and upload the file to the TV screen outside Culture Lab.

PVG/Disclosure Checks

All researchers conducting active research on-site need to have a valid PVG check or have a basic disclosure check from the past 3 months – we don’t need proof of this (as we are unable to store certificates due to GDPR reasons), but we do require confirmation that anyone attending site holds one of these documents. We also require any relevant risk assessments relating to the research being conducted and a brief overview of the research for operational staff awareness.

During Your Visit
  • Dundee Science Centre runs timed sessions, which last for 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 170 guests in each.
  • All visitors must vacate the exhibition floor at the end of these timings, and the exhibition floor is then reset and cleaned for the next session.
  • Researchers can take breaks during session resets but please adhere to timings.
  • There must always be a researcher present at Culture Lab within the session times, and when there are visitors within the exhibitions – if for any reason you need to leave this area unattended whilst in the middle of a session, please do let a DSC staff member know.

For additional queries regarding researcher visits, or you cannot find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us at either staff@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk or 01382 228800.