Botanical University Challenge (BUC) 2023

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.

Schedule (2023):
  • 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: