Outer Space | Inner Space


image of a microscopic object and a astrological object that both look similarOuter Space | Inner Space is an award winning collaboration between the School of Life SciencesCentre for Gene Regulation and Expression and the School of Science and Engineering‘s Discipline of Computing with Leisure and Culture Dundee. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists with one of Dundee’s iconic landmarks, the Mills Observatory – Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory, in order to develop an adaptable, accessible exploration space and activities under the theme of “Ways of Seeing” the invisible universe.


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The Giant Worm

Winter Installation at the Mills Observatory.

The Interactive Screen at the Mills with the Giant Worm image

Come and explore the Giant Worm, see it in real under the microscope or use the interactive giant screen.

Mills Observatory, Balgay Park, Dundee (PDF map)

The Outer Space | Inner Space project, a collaboration between the University of Dundee and Leisure and Culture Dundee, has taken off to a new dimension. A local special school for children with multiple disabilities visited recently for a multi sensory trip to the stars!

The new immersive screen was filled with images and videos about everything you need from space boots to meteorite clusters. Access via switch allowed for our young space pioneers to keep control and everyone arrived safe back on earth!


The new interactive exploration space will be used to develop, trial and offer public engagement activity that is technology-based, and reaches the widest possible community within a public space.

Download the map of Balgay Park from the Dundee City Council website: PDF Map of Balgay Park.


School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee: lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/outer-space-inner-space

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression (GRE), University of Dundee: gre.dundee.ac.uk/outer-space-inner-space-mills-observatory

Leisure & Culture Dundee:
Leisure & Culture Dundee Activities Event 2016/17,
(PDF, page 6):
Mills Observatory Winter Events Programme 2016/17,
(PDF, page 2):

Other Public Output

A voyage to outer space – and inner space (2015). CONTACT Magazine. Contact is the University of Dundee magazine. It is published 4 times per year and is distributed to staff at each University campus. Press Office, University of Dundee.

Outer Space Inner Space – Creating A New Exploration Space At The Mills Observatory (2015). Steve Soave


Press Cuttings

The Award Winners

The Brian Cox Prize Excellence in Public Engagement Project of the Year was awarded to Outer Space I Inner Space. Crieff, March 2017

Stephen Fry Award announcement…

Posted by University of Dundee on Friday, 13 January 2017

OSIS was commended at the Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research. Dundee, January 2017

The Mills is 80 (2015), STV News Dundee.

Interactive Screen at the Mills Observatory

New exhibit to mark 80 years at Dundee’s Mills Observatory (2015). BBC News Scotland Website.

OSIS Courier 2016-2-4
Fishy Tale told in Dundee (2016). The Courier Dundee.

Past Events

Lego challenge: Build a microscope

Lego Pattern

Build a Scope, look near and far

Microscope image

Ways of Vision

Coloured blocks

A Very Fishy Tale

Mystery fish

Alien Surfaces

Photo of the moon by Robert Law

A New Way of Viewing the Universe

Spaceman in micro space with cells

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Rolf BlackRolf Black

Project Manager, Rehabilitation Engineer

Contact: r.black@dundee.ac.uk
Phone: 01382 386530