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.

- 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 the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, as well as with industry. The next Exploring Materials week will take place 23rd - 27th October 2017.

- ‘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

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.

- To request a copy of nanoWOW email - and let us know how you’re getting on using the material by tweeting us with the #NanoWOW hashtag.

- View a sample lesson.

- Have you used NanoWOW? Tell us what you thought of it in our online survey.

- See our Pinterest board with up to date nano and materials news

- Our Summer Course for primary teachers: Magical Materials - nano and materials science in the classroom, will run from 3rd - 7th 2017 in CRANN, Trinity College Dublin. This course is approved by the Department of Education for 3 EPV days. The course introduces teachers to nano and materials science through the ‘NanoWOW’ resource pack. Future technologies, cutting edge Irish research, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career awareness and education techniques around exploring and learning about materials will all be featured in the course. Information about the recently completed CPD can be found here and further details on next year’s CPD can be obtained by contacting

- ‘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.

- ‘Science LIVE!’ is a project that enables research institutes to organise virtual tours of their centres for primary school children. During 2015, AMBER facilitated Skype visits to its Advanced Microscopy Laboratory for seven 5th and 6th classes / over 160 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.