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biology week

Our fifth 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.

Get ready for Biology Week 2016: Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th October
Find out what's happening near you or organise your own activity.

Biology Week

Biology Week 2015 was a huge success with over 130 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 2016 event yourself then please contact us. Download the Biology Week logo.

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 (new 2016 quizzes available soon), compete in the bio-bake off, hold an 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.

Take part in #BritainBeathing - our citizen science project collecting info on your allergy symptoms to help scientists find out more about how pollution, weather and pollen affect seasonal allergies such as hay fever and asthma.

Help us keep an eye out for flying ants and starling murmurations to have an impact on scientific research and 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 2016: Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th October is on!