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On Monday 15th September the Society of Biology along with other organisations went to meet the Welsh government to discuss the future of school science provision in Wales.

Along with the rest of the UK, Wales is making decisions based on curriculum reforms and looking at the possible routes to provide an exemplary education for all learners within the sciences at key stage 4 and key stage 5.

This coming academic year the Welsh government plans to promote STEM subjects throughout Wales with an emphasis on science literacy. The Welsh government are providing a range of resources and support for teachers to utilise which can be accessed through their website.

Later on Monday, Cardiff University hosted the Big Biology Giveaway. The event was an opportunity for teachers to hear about current biology research, receive practical advice and pick up lots of free resources.

Interesting talks about cutting edge research on climate change and pollen chemistry were given by Dr Hefin Jones from Cardiff University and Karen Devine representing the research conducted by the Open University.

Amanda Hardy, schools and colleges officer for the Society of Biology spoke to the audience about the resources and support available from the Society and its Member Organisations. It was a successful evening where teachers left, laden with resources to take back to their schools.

The event was supported by a number of learned societies including the British Ecological Society, The Linnean Society of London, the Society of Biology, the Field Studies Council, I'm a Scientist, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Science and Plants for Schools, Society for General Microbiology, The Physiological Society and the Association for Science Education.

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