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The Royal Society of Biology offers members and non-members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.


President's Medal - "incredibly proud"

This prestigious Medal is awarded to individuals who have supported the Royal Society of Biology in an exceptional way, going above and beyond the normal volunteer role and having a significant impact on the organisation and the sector as a whole.

Louise Hughes

Science Communication Awards - "I feel overwhelmed, humbled and enormously enthused by winning this  award"

These awards reward outreach work carried out by researchers to inform, enthuse and engage the public. Dr Louise Hughes MRSB, from Oxford Brookes University, was delighted to be recognised for her work using microscopes to view objects invisible to the naked eye. Louise also has often science and art together in an effort to stimulate public interest in the biosciences.


British Biology Olympiad - "inspired by David Attenborough documentaries"

The British Biology Olympiad is a wonderful opportunity for post-16 students with an interest in biology to extend their talents. It provides them with a platform to explore the life sciences beyond the A level syllabus and to be suitably rewarded. Watch an interview with Adam Heath, who entered the BBO in 2014 and represented the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Bali.

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Regional activities"the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds"

A trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre at Flamborough South Landing is just one of the exciting local events organised by our branches. Mike Smith CBiol MSB and photographer Jane Pottas were among members who saw the magnificent chalk sea cliffs of Flamborough Head. The cliffs are home, at times, to over 200,000 seabirds including gannets, razorbills, puffins and fulmars. Find out about local events.

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Professional Registers – “I feel empowered

Patricia Kingston is a science technician at Hove Park School, she has been awarded RSciTech status by the Royal Society of Biology in conjunction with the Science Council. “Since gaining the award I feel I have gained a higher regard and status with employers and colleagues. I now feel empowered to insist on better working conditions and recognition.“

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Book Awards - "This award is recognition of the importance of psychosomatic illness"

Suzanne O'Sullivan author of the General Biology Book Prize 2016: It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness. Judge Dr William Marshall said: Dr O'Sullivan has done medical practitioners and patients a great service in writing this book. Despite continuing advances in medical science, there is still an element of art in the practice of medicine.


Travel Grants – "I was able to take my love of all things lobster to the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island"

Travelling overseas for biological study, teaching or research can be an amazing experience. Every year we offer our affiliate, associate and early career members opportunities to receive £500 travel grants towards innovative biology related projects or presenting at overseas conferences. Charlotte Eve Davies, a PhD student at Swansea University, travelled to the AVC Lobster Science Centre in Canada. Read about her trip on our blog.

Top Student Award –"I'm looking forward to my future career in biology"

Each year we offer awards to students throughout the country, achieving the highest grade in a bioscience degree at their university. The award provides students with well deserved recognition for their hard work and a years' free membership at the associate level of membership. Alicia Ellison was presented with the award this year at Aston University by Fellow of the Society Dr Anne Hine.

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Life Sciences Careers Conferences - "endless information and personalised advice"

Each year we hold careers conferences around the country, these include presentations by top speakers covering a range of biology-related subjects, a CV workshop and a chance to mingle with the experts. Katie Rule, BSc human biology student, attended the LSCC in South Wales and was amazed at the variety of pathways she could follow to work in science - the conference provided "endless information and personalised advice". Katie has written a blog about her experience of attending the LSCC.

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Amateur Photography Competition - "“I am so excited to win this award. I think it’s great that wildlife photography is so popular, because everyone loves nature!”

Our annual amateur photography competition aims to inspire people of all ages to engage with biology. Robert Sommer won the 2016 photographer of the year award with 'Fighting Bulls'. Judge Linda Pitkin said: “As judges, we were unanimous in admiration of Robert Sommer’s stunning image ‘Fighting Bulls'. It was a clever take on the theme to show these huge animals totally dwarfed by the majestic backdrop, and the composition works perfectly, drawing the eye down to focus on the elk bulls.”

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House Spider Survey -"helped foster a love for biology"

We received over 8,000 records of house spiders, and some of our most dedicated participants came from schools.  As well as submitting records and photos to our survey, pupils at Our Lady's Grammar School in County Down created a survey in their school, presenting results to fellow pupils. Teacher Roîsin Beattie says: “Feedback suggests that the celebrations were interesting, educational, enjoyable and helped foster a love of biology in the young biologists who participated.