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Check out the amazing selection of events taking place during Biology Week 2021

You can register for the events by clicking or tapping the green link through to our mySociety booking pages.


Saturday 2 October

UK Fungus Day 2021 | All day, worldwide

UK Fungus Day by the British Mycological Society brings together fungus scientists, enthusiasts and forayers to study and enjoy the wonders of the Fungal Kingdom.

The UK Fungus Day website has a range of fantastic free resources available for download. Over UK Fungus Day weekend, capture a photo of a fungus that fascinates you and enter it in the photography competition.

 


Sunday 3 October

UK Fungus Day 2021 | All day, worldwide

UK Fungus Day by the British Mycological Society brings together fungus scientists, enthusiasts and forayers to study and enjoy the wonders of the Fungal Kingdom.

 


Monday 4 October

Policy Lates - Rethinking our food system | 18:30 to 20:15, online

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are putting huge pressure on global food supply chains, along with changing habits and demands from socially-distanced populations.

In this event, our panel of expert speakers will discuss the complex development of food policy nationally and internationally. We'll chart the balancing act this involves, bringing in needs for food security, reversing biodiversity loss and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Metabolic Symposium 2021 | 09:00 to 13:00, online

A free symposium with a series of presentations and a showcase of Science magazine's focuses on 'diet in metabolic effects and health implications'. Register to attend on the event website.

 


Tuesday 5 October

Adaptations of Antarctic marine animals and changing environments with the RSB Wessex branch | 19:30 to 21:00, online

Join Professor Lloyd Peck from British Antarctic Survey and a fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge to learn about the adaptations of Antarctic marine animals and the way in which they are responding to environmental change. The event will be preceeded by the Wessex branch AGM.

Honeybee Anatomy with the RSB's North Western branch | 19:00 to 20:00, online

Did you know that honeybees have a built in antenna cleaner on their legs or suction cups on their feet? In this illustrated talk delivered by Janet Preece MRSB, guests will find out about some of the adaptations honeybees possess and how these assist them in their daily lives to be successful social insects and keep the hive running smoothly.  

The RSB's Big Biology Quiz | 19:30 to 20:30, online

Get involved with this year's Biology Week by taking part in the RSB's free, family-friendly online quiz. Test your knowledge on the fascinating world of the biosciences, from the smallest organisms to the largest ecosystems. Questions will be multiple choice and will vary in difficulty with something for every member of the family.

Biology Champions with the RVC | free six week course on Tuesdays,17:30 to 18:30

This free six week course will run on Tuesday evenings between 17:30-18:30 BST online; launching on 5th October 2021 in Biology Week. The aims of the programme are to reinforce your passion for biology, as well as helping with your understanding of biology at A level and equivalent qualifications.

Scientist in your Classroom with ZSL | 09:00 to 16:30, online

Join the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) live online, and give your secondary school students the opportunity to meet a ZSL scientist via Zoom. Our early career scientists will describe their experiences working in conservation science, discussing topics such as the process of scientific investigation or how the decisions they've made (which subjects to study, what work experience is necessary) have helped to get them to this point.

The RSB's Virtual Annual Awards | throughout the week, online

On Tuesday, we announce the winners of our popular Photography Competition. Wednesday will see the announcement of the winners of our Apprentice of the Year award and a celebration of our Outreach and Engagement Award winners.

Finally, on Thursday we will be recognising the fantastic artwork from the winners of our Nancy Rothwell Award drawing competition.

 


Wednesday 6 October

Spinal Muscular Atrophy - New therapies and newborn genetic screening with the RSB West Midlands branch  | 19:00 to 20:30, online

This year's annual RSB West Midlands branch Charter Lecture covers spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the new therapies available and the drive for genetic screening, delivered by Professor Philip Young from the University of Warwick.

RSB's Outreach and Engagement Awards | 19:30 to 20:30, online

Chaired by a member of the Outreach and Engagement Award judging panel, the short webinar will include presentations from the winner of each category, followed by an audience Q&A.

Animal #behaviourflavours with ASAB | 09:00 to 17:00, online

Take part in this online competition and act out the animal #behaviourflavours of the day. Each day will have a theme and you can upload your video interpretation on social media. There will be a judge and a winner every day for five days.

 


Thursday 7 October

RSB's School Biology Teacher of the Year Awards | 19:30 to 20:30, online

Chaired by Dr Mark Winterbottom CBiol FRSB, chair of the judging panel for the award, this short webinar will include presentations from the winner and shortlisted School Teacher of the Year award recipients.

 


Friday 8 October

#iamabiologist campaign | All day, online

All biologists are invited to take to Twitter and Instagram on Friday 8th October to celebrate the work that they do. We want biologists from all stages of their career to tweet photos of themselves capturing their love for biology, using the hashtag #iamabiologist, to show the public that biology is a diverse and exciting area of science.

 


Saturday 9 October

Phytopathology - a story of bad mushrooms with the RSB Hong Kong branch | 10:00 to 11:00 BST

This talk looks at phytopathology in action. Most people like good mushrooms. I do too. But, these fungi also have members that do bad things like kill old and valuable trees.

Balcony Watch with the RSB's London branch | All day, online

Following the success of Spring Watch on the BBC, which showed how the public can engage further with the wildlife around them, the RSB London branch “Balcony Watch” seeks to engage both RSB members and non-members alike in a friendly competition to discover the wildlife on their doorstep.

 


Sunday 10 October

Balcony Watch with the RSB's London branch | All day, online

Following the success of Spring Watch on the BBC, which showed how the public can engage further with the wildlife around them, the RSB London branch “Balcony Watch” seeks to engage both RSB members and non-members alike in a friendly competition to discover the wildlife on their doorstep.