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 2021 – Online Transition Year Programme  

Our Budding Biologist programme will run virtually from 19th-23rd April 2021 inclusive. It will involve 12-15 hours of online content plus a further 8-10 hours of self-directed learning offline.

Applications are now open. Please use this Application Form to apply.

The closing date for applications is the 5th March 2021 at 5 pm. We will not be able to consider late applications. Applicants will receive confirmation on whether their application was successful by 26th March 2021.

Due to the large amount of interest in the programme, we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. Participants will be selected based on their interest in science and their potential to benefit from 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