Secondary School

The aim of APC’s Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools is to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and to highlight career opportunities in science. The programme provides students with the opportunity to conduct ‘hands-on’ experiments in university laboratories.

APC scientists also travel to schools to give talks related to the curriculum and to give STEM careers talks as part of the Smart Futures  initiative which encourages students to study science at third level, illustrates scientific career opportunities and enhances their scientific awareness.


Budding Biologists activities for students and teachers include:

  • Laboratory workshops at UCC’s Microbiology Department in areas such as microbiology, genetics and immunology. Booking essential.
  • School visits by APC scientists giving presentations related to the secondary school Biology curriculum on the Digestive system, the Immune system, Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs), Gut Health and Nutrition (SPHE).
  • Budding Biologists Transition Year Experience Programme: The Programme will take place from 23-27th April 2018.  Application to the 2018 Budding Biologist Programme is now closed. For more information, please see Budding Biologist flyer
  • APC also co-ordinates the SFI Research Centres Transition Year Programme which will take place from 20-23rd March 2018 – providing experience right across the sciences – from photonics to renewable energy, pharmaceutical chemistry to neonatology to the Microbiome! Application to the Transition year Programme for 2018 is now closed. For more information please see  Cork SFI Research Centre TY flyer
  • STEM Career talks in schools as part of the Smart Futures STEM Careers programme– see

For all schools’ activities please contact Eimear Ferguson; Tel 021 4901313