Botanical University Challenge

An annual contest of botanical knowledge between teams of UK and Irish university students.

Dates for #BUC2024 are three on-line rounds in February (14, 21, 28 starting 14:00 GMT each day) and a live final in August. All will be streamed on our YouTube channel.

There will be a Student Botany Festival open to all BUC2024 contestants following the live final.

Teams from 28 Universities and Institutions have entered BUC2024. After Round 1, 18 remain in the contest.

There is also a competition for the audience, to vote for their favourite team name or limerick! Vote by 29 February 2024.

What is Botanical University Challenge?

BUC is a fun and friendly competition between teams of undergraduate & postgraduate students. It embraces many aspects of botany including plant ID, taxonomy & evolution, ecology & conservation, plant health, horticulture, agriculture & forestry as well as plants in culture & history.

BUC 2024 will feature three online rounds in February: two knock-out rounds of multiple-choice questions (14th and 21st February) until 8 teams are left for the quarter finals (28th February) in which the teams will be asked more multiple-choice questions and some free answer questions.

The four top scorers from the quarter finals will be our amazing semi-finalists who will go head-to-head at the University of Oxford on 28th August in front of a live audience.

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Our Sponsors

We are grateful for financial support from the New Phytologist Foundation and Gatsby Foundation. Our in-kind sponsors include the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Field Studies Council and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.