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.

Mills Observatory’s Homepage at Leisure and Culture Dundee: leisureandculturedundee.com/mills

Mills Observatory, Balgay Park, Dundee (PDF map)

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Facebook: @outerspaceinnerspace
Twitter: @OSISDundee
Instagram: @outerspaceinnerspace

Winter 2018/19

We are back with Science Saturdays events at the  Mills. Please follow us on Facebook for updates: @outerspaceinnerspace

Guardians of the Genome, 1 Dec 2018

Science Saturday at the Mills Observatory with The Centre for Gene Regulation & Expression (GRE) and AXS Studio‘s VR adventure Guardians of the Genome!


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

Making of…

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


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 Events: leisureandculturedundee.com/culture
– Summer 2018 (PDF, page 11)
– Winter 2017/18 (PDF, page 11)
– Summer 2017 (PDF, page 7
– Winter 2016/17 (PDF, page 6)
Mills Observatory Winter Events Programme: leisureandculturedundee.com/mills
– Summer 2017 (PDF, page 3)
– Winter 2016/17 (PDF, page 2)
– Summer 2016 (PDF, page 2)
– Winter 2015/16 (PDF, page 3)
– Winter 2014/15 (online brochure, page 6)
Annual Reports:
– 2015/16 (PDF, page 18)

Press Cuttings

Newspaper clipping, photo of 3 female scientists in front of presentation screen "Microscope Marvels"
The Courier, 4 December 2017

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


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

OSIS Courier 2016-2-4

Fishy Tale told in Dundee (2016). The Courier Dundee.

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

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.

Interactive Screen at the Mills Observatory

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

Past Events

Wednesday Wonders, Summer 2018

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Planets in the Making, 8 August 2018, Mills Observatory

It’s all about the Sun, 11 July 2018, Mills Observatory

Science Saturdays 2017/18

Anatomy Through The Microscope, 24 March 2018, Mills Observatory

Microscope Marvels

Winter Installation 2017/18 at the Mills Observatory.

Come and explore how our scientists use microscopes for their work, watch our show on the giant screen and meet the researchers during the Science Saturdays throughout the winter

Microscopic Marvels, Science Saturday

Alien Surface Simulation
with the University of Dundee


The Giant Worm

Winter Installation 2016/17 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.

A Trip into Space

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!

Lego challenge: Build a microscope

Lego Pattern

Build a Scope, look near and far


Ways of Vision


A Very Fishy Tale


Alien Surfaces


A New Way of Viewing the Universe



Rolf BlackRolf Black

Project Manager, Rehabilitation Engineer

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