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Education and Public Engagement

Engaging with the Community

Engaging with the Community

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  | Education | Engaged Research



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.

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.

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’.


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.

Further Info

For further information on APC’s Education & Public Engagement programme please contact:

  • Caoimhe Byrne |

Host Institution

Host Logos - UCC and Teagasc

Partner Institutions

APC Microbiome Ireland

Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland,