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:
- Early Intervention
- Engaged Research with a focus on Citizen Science.
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
3rd and 4th Level
The development of APC staff and students is of crucial importance to meet the APC goal of producing the scientific leaders of tomorrow. This is achieved through the professional laboratory training of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our EPE programme has also taken a lead role in developing new educational programmes to strengthen the skills of our research community in areas such as entrepreneurship, presentation skills, innovation and business development.
APC’s Principal Investigators also make significant contributions to both graduate and undergraduate education in UCC, CIT and Teagasc, by incorporating cutting edge research discoveries into their lectures and by providing a unique multidisciplinary perspective on science and research to undergraduate students of science and medicine.
APC Summer Student Bursaries
APC offers 8 bursaries to 3rd level science, medicine (undergraduate/graduate entry) and engineering students based in Irish Universities who would like to gain valuable lab experience through a 2-month internship. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we will not run our annual Summer Internship Programme in 2021. We plan to offer summer internship opportunities again in 2022.
STEM Careers Initiatives
APC partners with the British Council and Tyndall National Institute, IPIC, Infant and MaREI in organising the CORK HEAT of Famelab Ireland. The National Final took place in Cork on 15 April 2020.
Public Activities and Resources
Science is the language of the 21st Century and societal scientific literacy is the currency that will help the development of Ireland’s Knowledge Economy. 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 gastrointestinal health.
The aim of the Education and Public Engagement Programme is to engage patients, their families and the medical community in APC Microbiome Ireland research. We also inform the public about exciting new research findings in areas such as gastrointestinal health, probiotics, functional foods, and new therapeutic agents.