The Society of Biology held the latest in its Policy Lates series on 1st April. The topic of discussion was the precautionary principle, the issues surrounding it, and how it may best be changed for future use.
On 28th March the Society hosted a joint workshop aimed at improving the status and valuation of teaching in higher education. Along with the partner organisations, the Society co-signed a letter to The Guardian highlighting the disparity between how universities value teaching compared to research.
Today the Ofqual Board is due to confirm a selection of A level reforms, and the Society of Biology has co-signed a letter to The Times. SCORE, a partnership of leading scientific societies, has written to 'implore' Ofqual not to separate practical marks from core A level science grades.
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The Universities and Science Minister David Willetts today defended the Coalition's record on science funding, science education and skills shortages in the face of questions from young scientists and engineers.
Findings from the 2014 Public Attitudes to Science survey reveal a more positive perception than was found two years ago. This is the fifth in a series of studies looking at the UK public’s attitudes to science, scientists and science policy.
Graham Robertston, 26, a biomedical engineer at the University of Strathclyde, won the gold award at SET for Britain in the House of Commons for the excellence of his research.
Four pupils from the Isle of Man have received the Society of Biology Prize at the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.
Today, a new report on genetically modified (GM) crops was released by the Council for Science and Technology (CST). It states that GM crops have now been shown to be safe, and calls for more UK field trials and a change to the regulatory process.
The Society of Biology is an event partner in a debate on 3rd April about the potential of the Human Genome Project. The event is hosted by the professional advisory firm KPMG and +91 Europe.
For the largest national event of its kind, 210 early career scientists, engineers and mathematicians will arrive in Parliament on Monday 17th March to exhibit their ground-breaking research to politicians during SET for Britain 2014.
Every year the Society of Biology runs an amateur photography competition for inspiring images which explore biology and the natural world. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Home, habitat and shelter’ and entries will be accepted for the two categories – adult and under 18 – until 31st July.
The Society of Biology Book Awards celebrate outstanding textbooks aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates and general biology books. Authors of exceptional books in the fields the life sciences are encouraged to submit their work.
The Society of Biology Science Communication Awards are intended to reward outreach work carried out by young scientists and established researchers to inform, enthuse and engage sections of the general public. The 2014 Awards are now open for applications from bioscience researchers at UK universities or institutes who are involved in science communication.
The British Council has invited the Society of Biology to take part in its Science Alive event in Hong Kong. This year’s theme is ‘The Code of Life’, and the events in March are designed to inspire children and adults.
The Society of Biology has launched a new regional grant scheme, and we invite all our members to apply for grants to run biology events across the UK.
The announcement of the science and research funding allocations for 2015 to 2016 brings not only a welcome end to budgeting uncertainty, but an even more welcome end to the recent series of ‘flat cash’ settlements.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has today published a cross-departmental policy paper, Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, which recognises and supports the well-regulated use of animals in research where necessary, alongside the science-led approach to reduce their use.
A record 5057 students from 492 schools took part in the 2014 British Biology Olympiad (BBO).
Certificates and medals will be posted to schools over the next few weeks. Medal winners will also be invited to an awards ceremony at the Royal Society in June where Professor Alice Roberts will be the guest speaker.
The Society of Biology is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 School Biology Teacher of the Year Award. The award seeks to identify and to recognise the very best and most inspiring biology teachers in 11-18 education.
The Society of Biology welcomes the House of Commons Science & Technology report on Women in Science Careers published today (6th February 2014).
Today, the Society of Biology has received £69,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Biology: Changing the World, a project inspiring and celebrating great biologists around the UK. Led by the Society of Biology, in partnership with BBSRC, who are also providing £20,000 of financial support, the project will be supported by regional volunteers and the bioscience community.
The Society of Biology is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 Higher Education (HE) Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.
Today, the report UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges is launched by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group of the Society of Biology.
The Science Council has published a list of 100 leading practising scientists, to highlight the contributions of scientists to society and the UK economy.
The list includes scientists working in policy, education, business and communication, along with research scientists in academia and industry. We are delighted to see so many of our Fellows and members represented.