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Welcome to TCD Botany

Welcome to the Botany Department of Trinity College Dublin, a leading centre of teaching and research in plant sciences. Our interests range over the areas of plant systematics, plant community ecology, and environment and sustainability.

We study plants because they are of vital importance; as the source of all our food, the oxygen we breathe and most of the medicines we use. They are central to the processes of global climate change and to the provision of food and energy for an expanding human population. In the face of such change their conservation is increasingly vital.

Trevor Hodkinson
Head of Botany

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Careers in plant science

A recent survey confirms that a degree in Botany has ‘market value’ among the top degree subjects for graduate starting salaries, Botany (plant sciences) ranked third after Medicine and Dentistry! (Which? University, 16 November 2012).

Our graduates are endowed with a broad range of skills. They are to be found across the private and public sectors, at home and abroad: in environmental and ecological consultancies; in Botanic Gardens and agricultural research institutes; in farming and forestry; in the National Parks & Wildlife Service and other branches of Government; and holding senior positions in Universities and schools across several continents. For more about our graduates please click here.

IPSAM 2016 - Trinity College Dublin, April 27th & 28th.

Trinity College Dublin is delighted to host the 2016 Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting on 27th and 28th April.

This year’s meeting retains the traditional collegial setting of previous IPSAMs, encouraging dialogue between disciplines, between new and established researchers and between the experimental and applied aspects of plant biology.

For more information on IPSAM 2016 please visit the dedicated webpage here

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The TCD Botanical Society is working to increase an interest in botany and promote environmental awareness among society members and the student population in an interesting and informative way.We are actively pursuing this by organising lectures, talks, discussions, walks, film showings, field trips and other events that are of a botanical nature. Our events are both educational and enjoyable for those who share a botanical interest. The Botanical Society is a student society but is open to all undergrads, postgrads and staff alike.

For news, events and some fascinating botanical snippets click here (link to an external website).

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Last updated 18 April 2016