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 2022   

Unfortunately, our TY programme will not run in Spring 2022. We plan to offer the programme again in future, and details of this will be shared here in due course.

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