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The Biology Education Research Group (BERG) was formed in 2010 with the aim of bringing together those with a strong interest and expertise in the field of education research in the biosciences. The BERG membership comprises of academics working in university education departments from across the UK, biology educators in schools and colleges, and representatives from other organisations with an interest in furthering biology education research.

BERG became a special interest group of the Royal Society of Biology in June 2014 and is involved in:

  • developing projects which bridge the transition from research into policy or practice
  • promoting and furthering biology-based education research in the UK and overseas
  • contributing to the Society’s journal, the Journal of Biological Education (JBE)
  • informing the Society’s education and education policy activities, by providing guidance and evidence
  • supporting the Society to grow its evidence-base on relevant educational issues
  • lobbying on current biology education research issues

The current co-chairs of BERG are Dr Caroline Smith and Ms Francesca Gale MRSB.

If you are interested in becoming a member of BERG please contact Shabana Brightley, Education Policy Officer at the Royal Society of Biology.

BERG host a day of biology education research talks at the Association for Science Education annual conference. Synopsis of the presentations and the slides can be found on the BERG sharing education research page.

Members of BERG are affiliated with the following organisations:
Babraham Institute
Blackpool and the Fylde College
Durham University
Field Studies Council
Hills Road Sixth Form College
Institute of Education
King's College London
National Science Learning Centres
Plymouth University
Science and Plants for Schools
St. Mary's College
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Dundee
University of Glasgow
University of Hull
University of Leeds
University of Nottingham
University of Reading
University of Salford
University of Southampton
University of Sussex
University of Worcester
University of York
University of York Science Education Group
Wellcome Connecting Science
Wellcome Trust