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Inspiring the next generation of scientists




APC coordinates two different transition year programmes where secondary school students (aged 16 years approx.)  come to UCC for a week to learn about the varied career opportunities open to science graduates.

The annual APC Budding Biologists programme offer experiences right across the biological sciences, including microbiology, molecular biology, anatomy and neuroscience, physiology and food science, and this year 35 students took part.

This year we also coordinated a collaborative programme with the other SFI Research Centres in Cork where students were exposed to  sciences from photonics to geology, from pharmaceutical chemistry to renewable energy, from perinatal to microbiome. Twenty transition year students from thirteen schools took part in this new programme, which provided unique opportunities for the students to engage with the cutting edge research of seven SFI Research Centres  – APC Microbiome Institute, iCRAG – Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, INFANT- Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, IPIC – Irish Photonics Integration Centre, MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, and the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC).

An action packed programme saw the students complete a wide variety of hands-on activities across scientific and engineering disciplines and highlighted diverse career opportunities within science which all help address fundamental challenges we face as a society.

The students noted that the course “opened up my eyes to all the opportunities in the science world” (Ava Cudmore, Regina Mundi College, Cork), “showed me paths into science, benefits of a science career, a lot of uses I never knew” (Bridgid O’Sullivan, Skibbereen Community School), “broadened my horizons towards science and the possibilities available” (Sean-Henry Squires, Presentation Brothers College, Cork) and made them “more motivated to study science in college.” (Nicky Dromey, De La Salle College, Macroom).