The IBO live blog Day 3: a taste of medieval England

Peter Morrison, a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick, is one of the 100+ volunteers helping run the 28th International Biology Olympiad, taking place at the University of Warwick this week.

Today was a chance for the contestants to enjoy some well-earned time off after yesterday’s practical tests, and soak up some history at Warwick Castle, one of England’s best-preserved and most impressive medieval fortifications. Read more »

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The IBO live blog Day 1: microscopes and egg and spoon races

Peter Morrison, a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick, is one of the 100+ volunteers helping run the 28th International Biology Olympiad, taking place at the University of Warwick this week.

With the Opening Ceremony over, students settled in, and a good night’s sleep, the competition started in earnest on Monday. Read more »

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Visiting Vietnam for the International Biology Olympiad 2016

A taste of the 2016 International Biology Olympiad in Hanoi from Salvador Buse, who won a silver medal and is now studying Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge.

In July last year, I was a quarter of the team representing Britain at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Vietnam. The Olympiad was in all respects a great adventure and great opportunity, and I have written this short post to share a taste of our time there.
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What’s in store for this year’s International Biology Olympiad

In just under a week the United Kingdom will host the International Biology Olympiad (the IBO), an event that has been in the planning stages for over five years.

Over 250 students from 68 countries across the globe will be arriving at the University of Warwick in Coventry to compete in the largest annual biology competition in the world.
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How genetics can reduce the threat from the world’s changing diet

Rebecca Nesbit is an ecologist, blogger and author of Is that Fish in your Tomato?, exploring the opportunities and risks of genetically modified foods.

A trip to the supermarket gives me cheap and easy access to foods which would have been alien to my grandparents, and walking past food shops in London suburbs often introduces me to vegetables I can’t even name. Our food choice is changing, and this isn’t unique to the UK – people around the world have increasing access to a diversity of foods.
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Island conservation for an island nation

Joshua Powell, Conservation Biologist and previous recipient of an RSB travel grant, discusses island conservation in New Zealand and the lessons the UK can learn in bringing overseas specialists together

This year the Island Invasives Conference comes to the UK, the first time this gathering of island conservation specialists has been held outside of New Zealand.

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Biology competitions: a rewarding challenge

Raghavendra Selvam is our competitions & outreach assistant, overseeing the competitions we run here at the RSB

It is Monday morning and thousands of school students from across the world are logging into their computers to complete an optional biology paper. Why? They are all curious about the natural world.

This year, I have been administering three school competitions for the Royal Society of Biology, targeted at different age groups: the Biology Challenge (13-15 year olds), the Intermediate Biology Olympiad (16-17 year olds), and the British Biology Olympiad (post-16 students).

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General Election 2017: a summary on some of the party positions on science

Justina Briliute, BBSRC PhD student at Newcastle University and a policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology

Throughout the years, political parties have shown commitment to the idea that research and development (R&D) is one of the driving forces of societal productivity, wealth and wellbeing. One of the best places to look for any political party’s position on science, research and education is in their manifestos during election time.
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