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Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre

STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) is based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.  The UK ATC is the national centre for astronomical technology. We design and build instruments for many of the world's major telescopes. Our scientists study fundamental questions such as the origins of planets and of galaxies. We run the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre which provides high quality programmes for schools.

Site visits

Bring your class for an inspirational visit to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. We offer a range of activities, complementing Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, for both primary and secondary pupils.

To find out what we offer, visit our Education pages:


We have a range of activities we can bring to your school, including our mobile planetarium. For full details of what we offer, please visit our schools pages above.

Teacher CPD sessions

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh supports Continuing Professional Development courses for teachers and other educators, based on cutting edge astronomy research and technology and as part of our Dark Sky Discovery programme. We work with partners such as the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, the Institute of Physics and the National Science Learning Centre to contribute to a variety of courses for both primary and secondary teachers.

For full details of our current CPD opportunities please contact vis@roe.ac.uk.

Work experience

The UK ATC hosts a limited number of work experience placements over the course of the year, for school students aged 15 to 18 years.

The placements last for 1 week and aim to give students an insight into the various areas of work done at the UK ATC, from research astronomy to electronic engineering.

Find out more about work experience at the UK ATC here.

Last updated: 19 March 2021


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