Since July 2012, the average consultation time has decreased, and Society of Biology has today released a report which warns of the negative consequences for policy making. New Consultation Principles were published by the cabinet office in July 2012, no longer requiring the 12 week consultation period set out in the previous Code of Practice on Consultation.
This Wednesday saw the Society of Biology, in partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), hold the Parliamentary Reception to celebrate Biology Week.
Today, schools around the UK are celebrating Biology Week 2013 with assemblies about food waste, starting with an animated video produced for the event. UK households throw away 20% of the food they buy, and pupils will consider how we can reduce this huge wastage.
Over a hundred people attended the Society of Biology Annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 17th October at the King's Fund. The event celebrated the achievements of our members and biology enthusiasts who have engaged with the Society throughout the year.
Biology Week 2013 was kick started by the Society of Biology East Anglia branch's Big Biology Day held at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge on the 12th October. This was the second year that Ian Harvey and Amanda Burton have run the Big Biology Day, and following on from the success of last year, this year was double the size, with an estimated 1000 people attending.
Biology Week 2013 got off to an exciting start with the 24 hour lecturethon, given by ecologist and science communicator Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire. It started at 18:00 last Sunday and continued throughout the early morning, to 18:00 the following day, with lectures being broadcast around the world.
Science and engineering teaching at English universities will receive a £400 million boost and a particular focus on encouraging women into these subjects, universities and science minister David Willetts announced on 30th September.
Demand for accreditation continues to grow.
Last night Michelle Hulin from the University of Bath was announced as the winner of the Best Biology Student 2013 in the SET Awards at a ceremony held at Kensington Town Hall, London.
The Society of Biology and BioSingapore have signed a reciprocal agreement.
We are pleased to reveal that judging has taken place for the Society of Biology's annual amateur photography competition and the shortlist has been announced.
We are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for the inaugural Society of Biology Book Awards.
The Society of Biology Science Communication Awards are an annual event intended to reward outreach work carried out by young scientists and established researchers to inform, enthuse and engage the public. There are two categories of awards and this year both winners are from The University of Manchester.
Professor Dame Jean Thomas Hon FSB will succeed Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell Hon FSB as the Society’s president.
Accreditation of bioscience degrees at the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, Royal Veterinary College, and the University of York was celebrated at the annual Degree Accreditation Awards Ceremony, on the 4th September.
SCORE has serious concerns about the decision by Ofqual to push ahead with introducing new science A levels for first teaching in September 2015.
The decision is based on evidence presented in Professor Mark Smith's report on A level reform, published on Friday 6th September.
Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience and philosophy and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Biology, has been shortlisted as a nominee for the BBC One Show's People's Portrait award.
This year sightings of flying ants began early, but more are still being seen at the start of September, unexpectedly late. The Society of Biology's flying ant survey has seen sightings continuing for over 5 weeks around the UK.
The Council for Science and Technology has sent a letter to education secretary Michael Gove proposing learned societies should act as mediators in the Government's move to increase the influence of universities on science A levels.
Following yesterday's announcement of GCSE results, the Society of Biology is encouraged to see that the number of students for biology has increased for another consecutive year, representing an on-going shift towards the separate sciences.
Each autumn the number of spiders seen indoors suddenly increases as males go on the hunt for a mate. The Society of Biology has launched a new recording scheme and is asking everyone who sees house spiders to report their sightings. The app 'Spider in da House' is available in the Android and Apple app stores, and records can be submitted online.
The Society of Biology congratulates all students who today received results for biology A level. With almost 64,000 students sitting biology A level this year, it was the most popular science. For those candidates who didn't make their grades, the Society of Biology's education team are on hand to give advice about applying through clearing and alternatives to university.
An article in the current edition of The Biologist, explained that the boom in urban beekeeping is not the answer to honeybee declines. The high density of hives could even be bad for honeybees and other flower-visiting insects as it risks overtaxing the available nectar and pollen supply, and potentially encourages the spread of diseases.
Flying ants were sighted early this year and were seen regularly in the last week of July. A large peak, however, came on Thursday 1 August. Sightings were reported from around the UK, with particularly high numbers in Manchester and Sheffield. Closer analysis of data from the flying ant survey will reveal regional patterns.