Citizen science app to track UK allergy sufferers
British allergy sufferers are to turn citizen scientists in a bid to decode the poorly understood world of seasonal allergies thanks to a free new app.
Emerging Topics in Life Sciences: new journal launches
The Royal Society of Biology is delighted to announce the launch of a new journal, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, jointly owned with the Biochemical Society.
£5,000 awarded to RSB members for important study abroad
Ten members of the Royal Society of Biology have been awarded travel grants of £500 for important biology work and study abroad.
Amateur photography competition opens for entries
The Royal Society of Biology annual amateur photography competition, celebrating inspiring images which explore biology and the natural world, is now open for entries.
National Science Art Competition Launches
The Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Veterinary College are proud to announce the launch of the annual Nancy Rothwell Award 2016. The competition celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.
Belfast biomedical researcher strikes Gold for display in Parliament
Dr Maelíosa McCrudden, a postdoctoral research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, struck Gold at a competition in the House of Commons yesterday, for the excellence of her biomedical research, walking away with a £3,000 prize and medal.
See the starlings before they leave
The 2015-16 starling murmuration season will soon be starting to draw to a close. However, the Royal Society of Biology and The University of Gloucestershire, would still like the public to submit records of any sightings to their Starling Survey, in order to find out more about this mysterious behaviour.
Tim Peake sends message to Parliament
Today, Major Tim Peake answered questions from MPs and Ministers as part of the Royal Society of Biology’s Voice of the Future event in Parliament.
New rules could restrict scientists sharing knowledge with Government
On 6th February, the Government announced that from May 2016 any groups in receipt of public money cannot use those funds for ‘activity intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, government or political parties... or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action’.
Belfast to ‘eat for survival’ in The Hungry Games
The Hungry Games will challenge visitors to reduce their food waste and improve their knowledge of nutrition in activities developed in partnership by the Royal Society of Biology, the Biochemical Society and the Nutrition Society, at Northern Ireland Science Festival in Belfast this weekend.
Finalists for national higher education teaching award announced
Dr Kevin Coward CBiol FRSB, Dr Katharine Hubbard and Dr Lesley Morrell have been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.
School Biology Teacher of the Year Shortlist Announced
The Royal Society of Biology is pleased to announce the four teachers shortlisted for the 2016 School Biology Teacher of the Year Award.
New standards for Chartered Scientist register
New standards for the Chartered Scientist (CSci) register have now been launched and the Royal Society of Biology is now welcoming new applications via the online application system.
Science Minister highlights importance of EU membership and funding for science
Science Minister, Jo Johnson, delivered the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) Annual Lecture at the Royal Institution yesterday evening. Addressing 400 scientists and engineers, the minister reflected on his first eight months in post and his personal pride at Britain’s position as a world leader in science, technology and engineering.
Books Awards open for entries
The Royal Society of Biology Book Awards celebrate outstanding general biology books as well as textbooks for undergraduates and postgraduates. Authors and publishers of exceptional books in the fields of biology, biosciences and life sciences are now encouraged to submit their work for this year’s prizes.
Government needs to improve UK readiness for next epidemic
The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee have released a report which details their concerns about the Government’s readiness for a future epidemic similar to that of the Ebola outbreak in 2013.
Concern that TEF strategy will not improve situation for teachers and students
On Friday 15th January 2016, the Royal Society of Biology submitted its response to the BIS consultation, ‘Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice’.
More data required to monitor Natural Capital
Speakers gave a broad overview of science, policy and business practice on natural capital monitoring and data use at a Natural Capital Initiative meeting in London on Friday.
New Year Honours for Society Fellows
A range of Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology, including a vet, an ecologist and neurologist, have been named in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list.
More resources needed to encourage academic entrepreneurship
Greater incentives and training are required to encourage academic entrepreneurship in the biosciences, according to the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Professor Tim Dafforn.
Science budget 'protected' amid Government cuts
Chancellor George Osborne has promised that the science budget will be protected in "real terms" over the next parliament.
George Freeman opens new bioscience hub
Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP, officially opened a new biosciences hub in central London on Wednesday evening.
Nurse review recommends new oversight of UK Research Councils
The Nurse review of Research Councils led by Sir Paul Nurse Hon FRSB has today advised the Government that the seven UK research councils should be retained, and recommends the creation of Research UK, a new body with unprecedented oversight.
Top Scottish biology students celebrated
The RSB joined with Scotland’s other leading science bodies to honour the next generation of talented scientists at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.
Government urged to grow total investment in research to 3% of GDP
Today’s House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report calls on the Government to 'supercharge' UK science by setting a path for increasing public and private sector science R&D investment in the UK to 3% of GDP, which is a target agreed by European Union countries.