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Exploring Materials (TY Week)

Each year, AMBER coordinates two week-long programmes for Transition Year (TY) students. Exploring Materials takes place each Spring and Autumn.

The closing date for applications for our TY week in October 2022 has now passed. Unfortunately we are not accepting any more applications at this time. However we do plan on running a number of other TY events later in the school year so please check back in a months time where we will have more details

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Exploring Materials lets 15 students from around the country experience what it's like to work in AMBER for a week. We select students who are particularly interested in pursuing science as a career and can only take one student from each school.

In March 2015 15 students from around Ireland took part in our “Exploring Materials” TY experience. The students visited PhD researchers in their labs in CRANN, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St James's Hospital and at our Advanced Microscopy Laboratory where they had an opportunity to operate some of the world’s most advanced microscopes.

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