January 16th 2023
Botanical University Challenge (BUC) is an annual contest of botanical knowledge between teams of UK and Irish university students, which started back in 2016, with 5 teams competing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
From 2021, the competition went online with approximately 20 teams taking part in both 2021 and 2022, and attracted a growing UK and global audience.
Last year, a team from Sutton Bonington Campus of the University of Nottingham won the BUC (2022).
BUC 2023 will feature online rounds in February, followed by a live final at University of Nottingham in July, all streamed on YouTube.
- 11 January: Online briefing for teams
- 16 January: Team registration deadline
- 15 February: Knockout Rounds, online start 14:00
- 22 February: Quarter Finals, online start 14:00
- 5 July: Semi Finals and Final, live and streamed, Starts 14:00, University of Nottingham
- 5 & 6 July: Student Botany Festival open to all BUC 2023 contestants at University of Nottingham
Call for BUC2023 teams; to find out more, please visit: