Digital Storytelling

What’s one of the oldest ways of communicating information?

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years. However, the way humans tell stories has changed and adapted from cave painting through to printed books and changed again for a digital world.

We love stories and we wanted our scientists to help us create a set of their own stories. In May 2019 the Scottish Book Trust ran a digital storytelling workshop at Stobfest. One of our team was so inspired by their work that we have now started to develop our own set of digital stories told by members of the WCAIR team.

Our digital storytelling project has been developed almost entirely whilst our teams have been working remotely at home. We thought it was important to continue to work on the project throughout the COVID-19 lockdown as we thought our scientists stories will help to inspire others about not only the work taking place but also help people get to understand how scientists and the stories they have to tell.

Our scientists took part in a storytelling training workshop to help them with their stories. They worked hard to tell their stories in the best way possible. We hope that when you watch these stories you might feel inspired about science and all the different people that it takes.

We have more stories under construction at the moment and will continue to update the page when they are done.


Whether you prefer salty, sweet, or a mix of both, go grab your popcorn and get watching!

Digital Stories from Members of the Drug Discovery Unit

My Story of Curiosity and Coincidences – Dr Kaushik Hatti

Kaushik Hatti telling the story of the incredible coincidences that led to remarkable discoveries during his Ph.D.

Exploring X-ray Crystallography – Dr Alice Dawson

What is X-ray crystallography? Meet one of our scientists who will tell you all about what it is and why it’s incredibly important!

Digital Stories from the Pawlowic lab.

An American in Dundee, Scotland – Dr Mattie Pawlowic

The Story of how an Austin, Texas girl made her way to Dundee.

A Series of Fortunate Events – Lee Robinson

A Series of Fortunate Events is about one mans unexpected journey into science. He knew he wanted a change but he didn’t know where he wanted to go.

The City that Ran out of Toilet Paper – Emma Sands

The tale of the first great toilet paper shortage.

Thanks to Mattie Pawlowic and Senyo Botchie for the videos of liveĀ Cryptosporidium! Check out their original videos on Twitter:

Digital Stories from the WeeCAIR Medicinal Garden Team

Our story about the WeeCAIR Medicinal Garden – Ailsa Mackintosh

A story on the hisotry of medicinal plants and how they relate to Dundee.