In July 2013 the Government announced its £160 million Agri-Tech strategy. The UK has some of the world's leading agricultural scientists, and we are pleased that the Government has chosen to invest in their work.
Four of the UK's most gifted sixth form students competed against some of the top young biologists from around the world at the 24th International Biology Olympiad (24th IBO) in Bern, Switzerland last week.The team returned to the UK on Sunday with three silvers and a bronze medal.
The UK's black garden ants (Lasius niger) are currently taking to the air in spectacular style, earlier than usual. Records are coming in for the Society of Biology's flying ant survey, and more are needed. Last year's survey revealed not one but two main flying ant days, and it may be that we see the same in 2013.
This week, International Space Summer Education Trust's (ISSET) Mission Discovery has arrived at King's College London, offering around 200 students the opportunity to hear first-hand and learn from NASA's top astronauts what it's really like to go into space.
Today, the Home Office published their annual statistics on the use of animals in scientific research. It shows that 4.11 million procedures were started in Great Britain in 2012, demonstrating a decrease in the number of procedures for toxicology (down to 377,000) but an increase for non-toxicology procedures by 10%, especially related to nutrition research (79,300).
Alison Eley, subject leader for science at Hampton Hill Junior School, Middlesex has been presented with the Society of Biology Primary Science Teacher of the Year Award. This recognises her outstanding and inspirational teaching of biology. The award is part of the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Awards for primary science teachers.
Mrs Bev Goodger CBiol MSB, a teacher at Sir John Deane's College, Northwich, has been presented with the Society of Biology School Biology Teacher of the Year Award. The award identifies and recognises the very best and most inspiring biology teachers in the country.
The Government announced today that it is drafting new regulations for an IVF technique which would prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed down from mother to child. The technique uses mitochondria from a donor and nuclear DNA from both parents.
After yesterday’s Spending Review announcement promised ‘flat cash’ for science, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander today provided more detail on the ‘£300 billion’ of guaranteed capital spending by the end of the decade.
Today, over 130 students will receive medals and certificates to recognise their achievements in the British Biology Olympiad and the Biology Challenge at an awards ceremony at the Royal Society, London.
Congratulations to our BioNet member Madeleine Kavanagh who has been selected as the winner for our space camp competition.
In today's Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne rightly highlighted the importance of science and innovation to the life of the nation, to quality of life and to economic growth, stating 'investment in science is an investment in our future'. In addition to recognising the importance of spending on infrastructure by increasing the capital budget, the Chancellor highlighted that intellectual capital is essential.
The Society’s annual Parliamentary Links Day was a huge success, with MPs, ministers, representatives of the science community and Twitter users discussing diversity in science.
MPs and ministers are discussing science and diversity at the largest science event on the annual Parliamentary events calendar today.
Bioscience degrees at the University of Manchester, the University of York and the Royal Veterinary College have been accredited by the Society of Biology in the first wave of accreditations since the programme’s pilot in 2012.
This morning, Environment Minister Owen Paterson gave a speech addressing the potential role GM technology could play in reducing both hunger and environmental degradation. The Society of Biology and its special interest group the UK Plant Sciences Federation welcome the speech.
Yesterday AstraZeneca announced that its new UK-based global research and development centre and corporate headquarters will be located at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. By 2016, approximately 2,000 employees will be working at the site.
Last week, David Willetts MP, the UK's Minister for Science and Universities, hosted a meeting with senior figures from five of the UK's leading scientific societies, organised by the Society of Biology. The meeting on Monday 10 June provided an opportunity to stress the importance of investment in science and technology.
Today Michael Gove announced details of the GCSE reform planned to come into place in August 2015. The Department for Education is now seeking views on proposed subject content and assessment objectives for new GCSEs, and the Society of Biology will be responding through SCORE.
The Society of Biology has set a new record for the world's largest memory game. At 14:30 on Friday 19th October 2012, 2,109 people at 40 venues in the UK, plus one in Bahrain, simultaneously played a 10 minute memory game. Venues included schools, science centres and universities, and alongside the game participants learnt about the neuroscience behind the game.
The strategy states its ambition to pursue discovery without boundaries, to create future science leaders and expand the talent pool, to work effectively with university partners and other collaborators, to focus on translating its science to benefit health and wealth, and to engage and inspire the public.
The HUBS Spring Meeting is held annually and focuses on learning and teaching in the biosciences. The 2013 meeting was held on the 24th-25th April at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire. Day one of the meeting featured a session on the transition from A level to university before the award of the 2013 HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year. The focus of the meeting on day two was how learned societies can work together in higher education.
The Society of Biology has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, a global initiative that calls for better evaluation of research outputs, including not just peer-reviewed research articles, but intellectual property, trained scientists, data and more.
As C. fraxinea represents a substantial threat to the UK’s forests, Forest Research prepared a risk assessment, which described the nature and extent of that threat and possible risk management measures.