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Society of Biology

The Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.

Who will you need to become in order to have a long-term career in research?

Elaine Denniss is an experienced careers consultant and a chartered occupational psychologist. She is running the workshop ‘How to Manage Your Career Effectively‘ at the Society of Biology on June 26th 2015. When you think about your career in research, do you ever try to imagine what you will be like in the future? Where … Continue reading »

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Why do students still need textbooks?

By Dan Rowson, education policy officer at the Society of Biology At the May Policy Lunchbox, we welcomed Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment. Previously Tim was Head of Research at the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency and in 2010 he led the Government review on the National Curriculum. On … Continue reading »

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‘Forest School’ grows respect for Nature

Hannah Brett CBiol MSB, is an ecological consultant who works with the Heart of the Wildwood charity, Oxfordshire, promoting outdoor learning and a holistic educational approach. The Society of Biology’s Regional Grant Scheme is supporting their Forest School for children and parents, throughout 2015.   Activities at the Forest School include cooking stick bread on the … Continue reading »

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How can plants change the world?

Dr Joseph Buhagiar FSB is a lecturer at the University of Malta. He received the first overseas award of the Society of Biology’s Regional Grant Scheme.  It all started with an email from David Urry on 6th January pertaining to the Regional Grant Scheme for 2015. Not that I am usually idle but the title … Continue reading »

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Genetically engineered mosquitoes – the invention of the year?

By Professor Luke Alphey FSB, The Pirbright Institute. Professor Alphey is a finalist for the European Inventor of the Year Award 2015. Each year hundreds of millions of people are stricken by dengue. Though there are thousands of species of mosquito, just one is to blame for major outbreaks of dengue – the Aedes aegypti … Continue reading »

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What are ‘three-parent babies’ and is this an important medical advance?

Professor Nigel Brown FSB, President of the Society for General Microbiology, is writing an article each month for The Bridge, a local magazine delivered to every home in the villages of Corsley and Chapmanslade in Wiltshire. There have been many comments in the news over recent weeks about so-called ‘three-parent babies’. This rather alarmist description … Continue reading »

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Code of a Killer: deciphering the science

By Professor David Hornby FRSB, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield and Director of Research and Innovation, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC Listen to Sir Alec Jeffreys being interviewed by Professor Alison Woollard FRSB at the RSB’s fundraising event in May 2016. Last night I watched the concluding part of the ITV drama … Continue reading »

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The reality of illusion

By Veronica Wignall, Society of Biology volunteer The Society of Biology is supporting a talk on That Dress and the Illusion of Reality by Professor Bruce Hood FSB at Questioning Reality, an Ri Lates event, on Friday 17th April. Recently a picture of a dress divided the world in an unprecedented debate about its colour: … Continue reading »

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