Watch BUC 2024 online


The online rounds will take place in February 2024 to compete for places in the live semi-final and final at The Queens College, University of Oxford in August 2024. All will be streamed live on our Botanical University Challenge YouTube Channel, and recorded to view afterwards.

The first online knockout round is on Wednesday 14th February starting at 14:00 GMT with all 28 all teams competing for places in the second round.

The second online knockout round is on Wednesday 21st February starting at 14:00 GMT with the top 16 teams from the first round competing for places in the Quarter Finals.

The online Quarter Final is on Wednesday 28th February starting at 14:00 GMT with the top 8 teams from the knockouts competing for places in the live semi-finals.

The live Semi-finals and Finals are on Wednesday 28th August starting at 14:00 BST and will see the four top scoring teams from the quarter finals competing live at The Queens College, University of Oxford, organised by the BUC Planning Team and Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

There are 2 competitions for the audience, to pick their favourite team names and favourite limerick written by the teams.


Twenty-eight teams from across UK and Ireland are competing in BUC 2024 making it the biggest ever!


You can download our play along sheets below and test yourself against our intrepid BUC 2024 teams! Have fun!


BUC 2024 is organised by the BUC Planning Team working closely with The Oxford Botanical Garden and Arboretum.

For any further questions or more information about BUC2024

contact Dr Jonathan Mitchley


University of Reading

Our funding for our 2024 events comes from the generous sponsorship of a range of organisations and we also have in-kind supporters. The number of financial and in-kind supporters is growing each year as the reach and impact of BUC grows.

For BUC 2024 our financial sponsors include The Gatsby Foundation and The New Phytologist Foundation and our in-kind supporters include BSBI, FSC and CIEEM.


Dr Jonathan Mitchley, originator and guiding light. Associate Professor in Field Botany, University of Reading.  Website  X/Tweets as @drmgoeswild 

Professor Emeritus John Warren, originator and question supervisor. Emeritus Vice Chancellor of the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment. X/Tweets as @John_in_Aber

Dr Meriel Jones, social media, questions and organisation ideas. Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Liverpool. Social media for Botanical University Challenge: X/Tweets as @BUCBotany ; Instagram & Threads as @botanicalunichallenge ; BlueSky as

Dr Nigel Chaffey, questions. Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University. Website Plant Cuttings X/Tweets as @NChaffey

Dr Helen Ougham, questions. Emeritus Reader, Aberystwyth University .

Dr Colin Clubbe, advisor and supporter. Senior Research Leader, Kew. X/Tweets as @CClubbe   

Dr Alastair Culham, question setter and supporter. Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of Reading University Herbarium. X/Tweets as @BotanyRNG and @RNGHerb.

Dr Sven Batke, organiser and supporter. Senior Lecturer in Plant Science, Edge Hill University. X/Tweets as @batkesp

Sebastian Stroud, behind the scenes IT. PhD student, University of Leeds. X/Tweets as @seburbanbotany

Hannah Hall, behind the scenes IT. PhD student, University of Reading

Jonathan Charmley, behind the scenes IT. BA student, University of Reading.

Supporters and advisors

Dr Susan Medcalf, supporter. Protected Sites Lead Advisor, Natural England. Tweets as @pennymarshwort

Professor Alastair Fitter CBE FRS, advisor and supporter. University of York.

Professor Paul Ashton, originator and supporter. Edge Hill University.

Dr Hamish Symington, supporter. Junior Research Fellow at University of Cambridge.