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Education and Public Engagement
Education and Public Engagement is an integral part of APC’s strategy. It is informed by research on public perception and understanding of microbiome science and by government policy. The goals of our EPE programme are to foster an awareness and interest in microbiome science among the general public, including schools and young people, and to train APC researchers to effectively communicate their research to non-specialist audiences.
Overview of APC Education and Public Engagement
APC researchers engage with the community through three core programmes:
- Public Engagement at APC
- Education at APC
- Engaged Research at APC
Underpinned by evidence-based design and targeted communications, APC’s approach to EPE is focused and strategic. Programmes are planned, implemented and evaluated to maximise the societal impact of our research.
All APC staff play an active role in sharing our excitement about APC research, engaging with patient groups, consumers and young people, in order to encourage future generations to develop an understanding of the science issues that affect society.
For further information on APC’s Education & Public Engagement programme please contact:
- Caoimhe Byrne | firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary & Secondary School Activities and Resources
The APC Education programme allows students to discover, engage with and investigate microbiome science in unique and interesting ways.
The Invisible Made Visible - Science-Art Project
To celebrate the launch of The Invisible Made Visible, APC are delighted to offer free pre-cut jellyfish stencils to primary schools who would like to try the activity with their class. Use the coupon code: uvv5fstk. Limited supply available, only one pack per school.
Alternatively, you can find a free jellyfish template in the Education Pack for Teachers if you would like to make your own stencil.
The Invisible Made Visible explains the scientific process of Covid testing through the creative process of lino-printing and film. Aimed at primary learners, this STEAM-Art project is a creative collaboration between botanical artist Shevaun Doherty and APC principal investigator Dr Cormac Gahan.
This project is supported by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. You can read more about the project, and others in the series, at https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/art-collaboration/.
- Continuous Professional Development for Primary School Teachers:
- APC contributes to the teacher summer course “Exploring Primary Science” at the Lifetime Lab. This course is approved by the Department of Education.
- Microbe Magic Website
- Suitable for school students, teachers and parents. You will meet characters such as GI Jake, a bifidobacterium, and Luke O’Cyte, a white blood cell, together with educational multimedia games, experiments, quizzes and competitions or have your questions asked by an APC scientist!
- Mind Your Microbes App
- Mind Your Microbes allows you to explore the Gastrointestinal System and Microbiome to learn how age, diet and exercise can influence the diversity of human gut bacteria.
For more information please contact our Education and Public Engagement Manager, Caoimhe Byrne – email: CByrne@ucc.ie; tel: 021 4901393
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.
Budding Biologists 2023 – Transition Year Programme
Our Budding Biologist programme will run from 17th - 21st April inclusive.
Applications are now closed and successful applicants have been notified.
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.
'The Global Grand Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance' workshop available here.
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.
For all schools’ activities please contact our Education & Public Engagement manager, Caoimhe Byrne – Email: email@example.com; Tel 021 4901393
Public Activities and Resources
The aim of the APC’s Public Engagement Programme is to engage the wider scientific community and stimulate public interest in, and understanding of, science in society, with particular emphasis on micobiome health.
World Microbiome Day
APC initiated the first ever World Microbiome Day in 2018. The theme for World Microbiome Day 2023 is "Microbes and Food". We have a number of great in-persona and online events planned.
For full details see http://www.worldmicrobiomeday.com
Pint of Science Festival, Cork 2023
APC Microbiome Ireland is a proud local sponsor of Pint of Science, Cork. Pint of Science brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pubs and cafes to discuss their latest research and findings with you.
For the full schedule and list of speakers check out Home | Pint of Science Ireland
The Language of Illness by Fergus Shanahan
In this ground-breaking book, Dr Fergus Shanahan, looks at the ways in which language can act as a barrier with regard to illness, and proposes practical ways in which we can dismantle these barriers. Part manifesto, part memoir, and part instruction manual, the book is an appeal for the use of clearer, more holistic language, by all those involved with, and affected by, illness. It is a book for all those who care about caring. Order your copy from Liberties Press
Healthy Ireland at your Library
APC participates in the Healthy Ireland at your Library. For full details check out Cork County Library website
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
At APC we strive to collaborate with patients, carers, service users, families, people with lived experience in planning, designing, managing, conducting, dissemination and translation of our research.
PPI is research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them’.
For: Patients, family members or carers with experience of IBD
What: IBD Conversation Cafe - join APC researchers in an informal, friendly setting to share experiences, stories and ideas.
Where: Dora Allman Room, The HUb, UCC, Cork
For: Patients, family members or carers with experience of Chronic Inflammatory diseases such as IBD & Rheumatoid Arthritis
What: APC’s AUGMENT Research Team is looking for people to join their Patient Research Engagement Panel
Where: Cork, Ireland
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Book by Fergus Shanahan
Professor Fergus Shanahan, former APC Director and a gastroenterologist who has cared for IBD patients for 30 years, particularly encourages patients to get involved in their own care and to seek professional help to process the emotional and psychological aspects of an IBD diagnosis. He has recently written a new book for patients and their supporters which is full of useful information about diagnosis, treatment options and advice to stay healthy. The book “Inflammatory Bowel Disease – fast facts for patients and their supporters” is published by Karger and is now available to purchase online.
Clinical and Food Trials
The APC regularly conducts clinicial and food trials to investigate the potential benefit of probiotic bacteria to act as a natural alternative or supplement to conventional drug therapy, to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
For further information please contact: Susan Rafferty-McArdle | Operations Manager | t: +353 (0)21-4901753