The Society of Biology would like to announce the shortlists of their Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions.
Kate McAllister from the University of Cambridge and Dr Nicola Hemmings from the University of Sheffield have been named as the winners of the Society of Biology's Science Communication Awards 2014.
The Society went to meet the Welsh government to discuss the future of school science provision in Wales.
Each autumn the number of spiders seen indoors suddenly increases as males (of the Tegenaria genus) go on the hunt for a mate. The Society of Biology is launching a new app to help the public learn more about the spiders that will be in their homes in the coming months.
The Society of Biology and BBSRC are teaming-up to engage with BBSRC postdoctoral researchers and build a community of bioscience research staff.
The Education Minister John O'Dowd from the Department for Education in Northern Ireland announced on Monday 8th September their intention to retain the link between practical work in science subjects and the overall A level grade. The Society of Biology are fully in support of the decision.
Fifty degree programmes at 12 universities have been formally awarded accreditation by the Society of Biology.
The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award is now open for nominations. If you know an amazing teacher of biology who deserves recognition then please nominate them.
Today, the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the results of their latest biennial survey, carried out by Ipsos MORI, investigating public awareness of, and attitudes towards, the use of animals in scientific research, as well as the possible alternatives.
Science is "too important not to be part of popular culture", says Professor Brian Cox at the Society of Biology's first fundraising event.
The Society of Biology’s Dr Rebecca Nesbit, appears on The One Show to discuss ‘flying ant day’.
Yesterday similar scenes emerged at schools across the country as pupils anxiously waited to receive their GCSE results.
This year's A level results have just come out and biology was a very popular subject as always, accounting for 7.7% of all A levels taken, compared to chemistry at 6.4% and physics at 4.4%.
The Society of Biology has defended the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission following an appeal from environmental NGOs.
BBSRC and the Medical Research Council (MRC), in association with the Society of Biology, are holding a consultation with the UK bioscience and medical science research communities regarding emerging or existing strategic research skills and capabilities that are vulnerable or potentially vulnerable.
The Society of Biology is disappointed that Government has dismissed concerns about the current immigration policy for STEM students coming to the UK. We responded to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee inquiry into international STEM students and immigration policy earlier in the year, highlighting the importance of international students to the culture and economic viability of Higher Education Institutions in the UK.
The Society of Biology welcomes Rt Hon Greg Clark MP to the post as the new minister of state for universities, science and cities, Rt Hon George Freeman MP as minister for life sciences, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as education secretary and Rt Hon Liz Truss MP as environment secretary.
The Society of Biology congratulates the UK team, all of whom brought home medals.
Science Minister David Willetts has announced a £52 million investment in new and emerging science talent, creating more than 7800 education and skills opportunities over a 2 year period.
The Science Industrial Partnership (SIP) initiative, led by GlaxoSmithKline, will design the vocational training and skills programmes that the life sciences, chemicals and industrial science sectors need to thrive and compete in the global economy. Cogent, the expert skills body for the science industries, is facilitating the SIP and has spent the last 6 months identifying employer demand for the skills programmes.
Government will contribute £32.6 million to the partnership, with £20 million from employers, alongside £31 million in-kind contributions. This will fund a range of ultimately self-sustaining activities expected to improve skills in these sectors. These include apprenticeships, traineeships, new Industry Degrees, modular Masters courses and workforce development opportunities; all with the aim to deliver employment-ready graduates and high tech skills in the workplace.
With this commitment comes the recognition of the importance of the science based industries to the UK’s future prosperity – and that skills are the key driver of their competitiveness.
To maintain our position at the international forefront, it is vital that the next generation of life science employees are suitably trained. As it stands, graduates from life science degree programmes are often not deemed to be ‘industry-ready’ and a gap in training provision exists. Furthermore, with the increase in university fees, a degree is often not a feasible option for those seeking to pursue a career in the life sciences. Thus the programme of Industry Degrees and increased number of apprenticeships and traineeships may well go some way to ameliorate this problem.
The Society of Biology recognises the importance of the skills pipeline and is involved in a number of projects. Our Degree Accreditation Programme aims to acknowledge academic excellence by highlighting degrees that provide graduates with the skills and experience necessary to enter employment in research and innovation, and the Drug Discovery Skills Group works to address the decline in training capacity which has resulted from the recent downsizing of large multinational pharmaceutical companies in the UK.
However, it’s not just the skills and opportunities available for new graduates and trainees which the Society of Biology seeks to champion; our Returners to Bioscience initiative aims to highlight the pool of potential talent represented by the ‘returner’ community. This community comprises those who would like to return to a career in the biosciences after an extended career break. Such a career break can occur for a variety of reasons including focusing on caring responsibilities, ill-health, relocation, unemployment or a switch of career path.
As such, we welcome the inclusion of a suite of workforce development opportunities within the SIP. These aim to allow 5,900 individuals to take accredited workforce development courses specifically aimed at supporting growth and increasing individual competency. We hope that these opportunities would be open to returners and provide a platform to refresh and cultivate the necessary skills to facilitate a return to career in the biosciences.
Today, the Home Office published its annual statistics on the use of animals in scientific research. It shows that 4.12 million scientific procedures were started in Great Britain in 2013, a slight increase of 0.3% compared with 2012 but with a slight decrease in the overall number of animals involved.
The Society of Biology welcomes the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s report Ensuring access to working antimicrobials.
Yesterday a BioBlitz in Camley Street Natural Park, London, yielded over 170 species with more still to be identified.
This morning, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the need for action to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and announced a review into why no new classes of antibiotics have been discovered in the past 25 years.
Today, the report ‘Improving the status and valuation of teaching in the careers of UK academics’ is published jointly with the Society of Biology, the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBs), the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and The Physiological Society.