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Royal 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.

What exactly is the Industrial Strategy?

Despite the hot weather there was “standing room only for science” according to Chi Onwurah MP at the 30th anniversary of Parliamentary Links Day, the 10th event in this series to be opened by Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP. This year’s theme was Science and the Industrial Strategy and … Continue reading »

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An LGBT+ champion: Professor Ben Barres, one of the first transgender neuroscientists

The first international day for LGBTQ+ scientists in STEM aims to be a celebration of diversity in science. Organised by Pride in STEM, House of STEM, InterEngineering and oSTEM, the day is the first of its kind to celebrate the LGBT+ community across all the sciences. The important goal of the organisers and supporters – … Continue reading »

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School biology – a future biology curriculum

At the last Policy Lunchbox we welcomed Michael Reiss, professor of science education at the UCL Institute of Education, to discuss the future of the school science curriculum. Professor Michael Reiss’ talk looked at the key components of a science curriculum and learning about biology, as well as the aspects we might consider for future … Continue reading »

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The Biologist says goodbye to plastic wrap

This week, when unwrapping your lovely new edition of The Biologist, you might notice a slight difference: the clear protective polythene wrap has been replaced with a milky, biodegradable envelope. This fully compostable biopolymer, known as Mater-Bi,  is composed of natural corn starch and vegetable oils. We will no longer use polythene, which is only … Continue reading »

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Top tips for an Athena SWAN application

Following our workshop in March, we asked attendees for feedback on the challenge of applying for an Athena SWAN award, and what advice they could give to future applications. I’ve collected these into three ‘top tips’ for those considering an application.

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Using citizen science to understand more about house spiders

Citizen science describes projects whereby members of the public work with researchers to provide useful and interesting scientific data. In the last five years or so, the approach has seen a big growth in all sorts of areas of science.

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Athena Swan Biosciences Best Practice Workshop

On 7th March 2018, we held our second Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice Workshop, timed to lead in with International Women’s day on 8th March. If you weren’t able to attend on the day, footage of parts of the event are able to watch over on the RSB YouTube channel. The Athena SWAN Charter was … Continue reading »

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#iamabiologist: using twitter to bring those working in the biosciences together

#iamabiologist studying the movement ecology of wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) using telemetry devices. This forms part of my doctoral work investigating the impacts of marine renewable energy developments on grey seal movement and behaviour in tidal environments. I was extremely excited to get involved with the #iamabiologist Biology Week Twitter campaign. I think it … Continue reading »

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Novel diagnostics – a key player in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as one of the greatest threats to public health, with the potential to disrupt routine medical procedures and diminish our ability to treat infectious disease. Today, non-communicable diseases such as dementia and heart disease are generally the leading cause of death in more economically developed countries.

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Genome editing: where do we draw the line?

Genome editing is at the forefront of modern medicine, and has the potential to improve the health of millions of people worldwide; genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s could in theory become a thing of the past. The genome is the complete set of an organism’s DNA, containing all of the information that … Continue reading »

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