We want to meet with varied people, so we have a variety of projects of all different shapes and sizes.

With the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, we have developed an exiting new exhibition with the National Museum of Scotland. Closer to home, we work with Dundee Science Centre and Stobswell Forum to be a part of the annual Stobsfest celebration. As part of Dundee Science Festival, we have even worked with tonic and Absinthe makers to explore links between science and sipping.

If you have an idea for working with us, drop us a line, or click to find out more.

Recent projects include…

PhD student Julia Wcislo looks for parasites hidden in organs of the body
Hide and Seek of Parasitology

Parasites: Battle for Survival

A project 4 years in development, we’re delighted to announce that our brand new exhibition is open at the National Museum of Scotland. Developed in partnership with colleagues from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, it takes a very contemporary look at the world-leading research Scottish scientists are undertaking to battle these deadly diseases.

Join us in the Museum’s largest free exhibition space and discover what we do. You’ll even get the chance to work out what kind of parasite you would be…

Find out more…

Medicine Maker badge


A group of our scientists have been hard at work for Girlguiding participants in Dundee and beyond! Our brand new ‘Medicine Maker’ badge will introduce girls and women to the hugely varied work WCAIR does. They’ll explore how our scientists work, take part in experiments and discover some of the amazing contributions made by women in science.

Find out more on the project page…

A young person at Stobfest balances a model of a cehmical compound on WCAIR public engagement manger, Ali Floyd's head
Sonny McIntosh (4) from Coldside thinks the molecules make a great hat for Ali Floyd. Picture courtesy of Bryan Copland Dundee Evening Telegraph


Along with our friends at Dundee Science Centre, we took part in Stobfest 2018. As part of the gala day, we delivered science fun in the Boomerang Centre on Kemback Street. We had a great day and we’re looking forward to working with the Stobswell Forum for the 2019 festival.

Engage: Influx

WCAIR is fortunate to share a city with one of the finest theatre companies in the world. Working with the Dundee Rep Engage team, we invited a group of young people to devise a new piece of theatre, inspired by our science and our building. Their talent and creativity were extraordinary and we hope this is the first of many such collaborations.

Dundee Science Festival

In both 2017 and 2018 WCAIR has been a key part of Street Food. We ran this adult-focused event with the School of Life Sciences’ public engagement team. It explores the fascinating, surprising and delicious links between food and research.

Dundee Festival of the Future

Brand new for 2018, WCAIR was proud to present its new interactive game, Heal the World. This aims to gamify the battle against infectious diseases. It shows how difficult control is with current options and how important the Centre’s work really is, for an audience aged 14+.