Secondary School

Budding Biologists is APC’s programme for secondary schools. It aims to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and to highlight career opportunities in science. APC also supports CPD for teachers, recognizing the important role teachers play in developing scientists of the future.



Our Budding Biologists activities:

Budding Biologists Transition Year Programme 2020 

In 2020, APC will host 2 Transition Year programmes. The week-long programmes provide students with the opportunity to conduct ‘hands-on’ experiments in university laboratories.

  •      Week 1: Monday 30 March to Thursday 2st April 2020 ***CANCELLED***
  •      Week 2: Tuesday 28th April to Friday 1st May 2020  ***CANCELLED***

*** Due to closure of the Universities and Schools, Week 1 and Week 2 of the 2020 programme have been CANCELLED until further notice; all  participants have been notified. ***

Applications for the 2021 Budding Biologist Programme will open in Autumn 2020. Participants to the programme will be selected based on their interest in science and their potential to benefit from the programme. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we may offer only 2 places per school on each week of the programme. We particularly welcome applications from DEIS schools.


Continuous Professional Development for Teachers: APC facilitates workshops for secondary school teachers, developed as part of the new STEAM curriculum Junior Cycle for Teachers. JCT STEAM provides Junior Cycle teachers with rich STE(A)M professional learning experiences in keeping with national and international best standards.

STEM Career talks: APC researchers visit schools to give career talks as part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures initiative. This initiative encourages students to study science at third level, illustrates scientific career opportunities and enhances their scientific awareness.

Workshops for Secondary Schools: Currently we are creating a new programme targeted specifically at DEIS schools in a more sustained way. All schools are welcome to register their interest in a workshop, but please be advised we have reduced the number of visits we can accommodate this year to allow us to develop our new programme. Please check back for updates.

For all schools’ activities please contact our Education & Public Engagement manager, Dr Aimee Stapleton – Email:; Tel 021 4901313

Useful Resources and Information leaflets 

Animal Health & the Microbiome

Exercise and Microbiome 

Fermented Foods 

Food Fibre and Microbiome 





Stress & the Microbiome