Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists


.AMBER develops training and educational programmes which impact all levels of the formal education system from primary school to fourth level. As an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional centre, AMBER influences the traditional programmes in TCD, UCC and RCSI and ensures the incorporation of interdisciplinary research programmes and training elements such as linking researchers with industry, clinicians and entrepreneurs. In addition, AMBER provides extensive training on infrastructure, such as cleanrooms and electron microscopes. This ensures graduates and postgraduates have a combination of technical aptitude and a range of generic and transferable skills.

  AMBER is also committed to the development of novel outreach programmes for schools and the general public which will stimulate discussion on future medical devices, new technologies and materials and the role of science in defining how we live our lives.

Transition Year

AMBER delivers school resources and hosts activities that influence primary and secondary school curricula. We aim to enthuse students about studying science and provide context for job opportunities in Irish-based industry.

Transition Year Programme Our Transition Year work experience programme “Exploring Materials” runs twice yearly. This week long experience links school students with AMBER researchers at the CRANN Institute Trinity College Dublin and with AMBER researchers working in the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons and Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, as well as with industry. Our next TY week will run from the 11th - 15th of November, 2019

To apply for our 2019 intake for Exploring Materials TY week please complete the following form and submit to us by Monday 30th of September.

If you are a teacher and would like to register for our schools mailing list please email Rachel at

Nano In My Life is a resource pack for Transition Year teachers to introduce nanoscience to their pupils. There are seven modules, each using a range of teaching and learning approaches, designed to engage students and encourage active learning. Each module contains teachers’ notes, a Power Point presentation, video, curriculum links, timings, experiments and work sheets. To request a pack please email

Primary Science

AMBER’s education and public engagement programme aims to inspire and engage publics in the work of AMBER and its impacts. By 2025 our education programme will provide a touch point for all age groups in the formal education system. Our primary resources are co-developed with, and for, teachers, so that the resources bring science from the research institute into the classroom. The resources will enable children to really engage with nano and materials science and will help encourage children to think like scientists.

We have three key resources for primary school:


NanoWOW is a resource pack for primary school teachers to introduce nano and materials science to 5th and 6th classes. NanoWOW! includes teachers’ notes, activities, PowerPoint slides and can be used by primary school teachers with no experience of teaching science. The resource introduces children to this area of science through hands on learning activities, and experiments which foster inquiry based learning.

There are 9 modules in the resource, which teachers can pick and choose from depending on their interest. We would suggest that modules 1, 2 and 3 which cover an introduction, scale and properties of materials are important when learning about nano and materials science. Further modules cover topics such as graphene, the incredible impacts of nano materials (nanoWoW’s) and how scientists take inspiration from nature to create and manipulate nanomaterials. We would love to hear your comments on nanowow – please complete this form to let us know how it went!

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Science LIVE!

‘Science LIVE!’ is a project that enables research institutes to organise virtual tours of their centres for primary school children. From 2016-2018, AMBER facilitated Skype visits to its Advanced Microscopy Laboratory over 1000 students throughout Ireland. If you are interested in facilitating a customised version of Science LIVE! in your own research centre, further details can be found in our Science LIVE! Toolkit.

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EngAGE with Science

‘EngAGE with Science’ is an intergenerational programme which introduces the world of materials science to Primary schoolchildren and senior citizens. This 8-week project took place at AMBER in 2015 and established a great sense of community within scientific learning. We have since created an EngAGE with Science Toolkit aimed at other research centres who may be interested in expanding this project within their own education programme.

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