This AbbVie science education programme was piloted in Ireland and
launched globally across the company in 2014. It aims to spark a
child’s interest in science and, hopefully in time play a part in
creating Ireland’s next generation of leaders in this field. In 2016,
it was complemented by an engineering-focused module entitled SEEK
Engineering, which was developed specifically for sixth-class pupils.
Since its introduction in 2016, almost 300 children in Ireland have
participated in this new initiative.
Since its launch in 2013, AbbVie has partnered with Young Social
Innovators (YSI) to run a series of school-based Social Innovation
Workshops across Ireland. These specially designed events challenge
teenagers to consider harnessing their unique creative potential to
play an active role in addressing societal issues that affect them and
In 2015, AbbVie began a new initiative with YSI called the AbbVie
Experience Day. It gave employees the chance to interact with students
from their local communities at our offices and manufacturing sites
across the country.
A number of schools from Dublin, Cork and Sligo visited our
workplaces and interacted with employees from a wide range of
professional backgrounds. This exercise provided participating
students with insight into the work we do at AbbVie and also
encouraged them to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) disciplines as Leaving Certificate, university and career options.
Since 2014, more than 150 AbbVie volunteers have assisted 65
Innovation Workshops and Exchange Days involving 1,500 students at
more than 35 schools in Cork, Dublin and Sligo.