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biology week

Our sixth annual celebration of the biosciences around the UK and beyond!


Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting life science activities.

Biology Week 2017: Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th October

Biology Week

Biology Week 2016 was a huge success with over 100 events taking place nationwide. Relive the highlights for inspiration and get involved with the biggest week in the biology calendar...



Events get more diverse every year; science festivals, Big Biology Days, dino digs, competitions, lectures, fungal forays, music and storytelling; organised by our Member Organisations, schools, and individuals - anyone can get involved!

If you're interested in running a 2017 event yourself then please contact us.

Schools and Universities


There are lots of ways to get involved at your school, college or university. You could use our Biology Week quizzes to put your knowledge to the test, compete in the bio-bake off, hold a Mammal or Insect Poll, get creative with a BioArtAttack, go on a bioblitz, try out some kitchenscience, attend a local event, or have a STEM speaker come to your school. You can download the poster for schools now.

Even better, create a timetable of events so you can be involved every day of the week!
Lots of ideas and resources are available.

Online involvement

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Let us know what you're planning for Biology Week via email, Facebook or Twitter using #BiologyWeek.

Vote in the Favourite UK Mammal poll.

Create art inspired by biology and enter our #BioArtAttack competition.
Or breathe life into baking and enter the Physiological Society's #BioBakes competition.

Record your seasonal allergy symptoms with our #BritainBreathing app, or help us keep an eye out for flying ants and starling murmurations to have an impact on scientific research. You can also find out more about spiders by downloading our app to identify any eight-legged house guests in your home.



We would like to thank the BBSRC for their generous support of Biology Week events.





The countdown to Biology Week 2017: Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th October is on!



For further details get in touch with events and regional manager, Karen Patel.