Do you want to investigate plants in a free, hands-on workshop at Scotland's 'University of the Year 2019'?

This one day Plant Science Masterclass, aimed at 16-18 year old school students, aims to provide theoretical and practical skills in plant science that can help contribute to your development as a biologist, in a fun and captivating environment!

Why attend?

  • Gain invaluable experience for your personal statement
  • Insider insight into the world-class laboratories and facilities at the University of Aberdeen
  • Gain ideas to discuss at your University interview to stand out from the crowd
  • Take home Advanced Higher Project ideas
  • Network with like-minded students across Scotland and the chance to chat and ask questions to University of Aberdeen academics.
  • Freebies- including lunch, refreshments and some 'goodies' to take home with you!


Theorical skills

Practical skills

Additional benefits

S5: Higher Biology

‘Components of biodiversity’

‘Practical investigations to test given hypotheses’

Experience for your personal statement.

S6: Advanced Higher Biology

‘Variation and sexual reproduction’


‘Laboratory techniques for biologists’

‘Field techniques for biologists’

Experience a university environment.

Ideas to discuss at University interview.


Target Audience

Target audience includes S5/S6 pupils doing Higher/Advance Higher Biology

Outline Programme

Mini lecture 1: Variation in plants: an overview

Mini lecture 2: Investigating variation and adaptation in flowers and shoots

Workshop 1: Investigating variation and adaptation in flowers and shoots

Workshop 2: Using floral and vegetative attributes to identify plant species

Mini lecture 2: Utilising variation in rice

Workshop 3: Utilising variation in rice

Mini lecture 3: Plant variation captured in the botanical garden and herbarium

Conclusion: Putting it all together

Take-home: badge certificates, plants, and other goodies related to the day’s theme.

Please view the full programme here