We work with our Public Engagement Working Group to ensure the biosciences are well-represented at the major UK science festivals including The Big Bang Fair, Brighton Science Festival and The Cheltenham Science Festival.
We also seek out opportunities to bring biology activities to new audiences such as cultural events and even festivals abroad – in 2014 we took DNA-themed drop-in activities and workshops to the British Council's Science Alive Festival in Hong Kong and in 2015 we ran wildlife-themed activities for families at Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
We like to involve researchers, professional biologists and students in delivery of public engagement activities as much as possible; we have activity resources available to borrow and download for those wishing to try out public engagement and are happy to provide advice and other support. If you are a member you can apply for funding through our regional grant scheme to support these activities. To find out more or to add your name to the volunteer list please email Isabel Brinsden.
Now in its fifth year, Biology Week encourages everyone to get involved with biology events, lectures, debates and projects across the UK and beyond. Share your passion for finding out about the world around you and encourage others to do the same. Our free event resources and school resources can help you run your own Biology Week events.
Biology Week 2016 was a huge success, and we hope 2017 will be even better - the countdown has begun!
Our free activity resources and our 21st Century BioChallenges kits are also suitable to use in schools and there are lots of ideas on the Biology Week in schools page. We offer simple hands-on science to schools via Gopher Science Labs resources.