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Welcome to the regional pages for the North of England. Full details of national and local events are available on our events pages.

Upcoming branch events

Thursday 4 March, 19:00-21:00

Wildlife monitoring and civic engagement through the MammalWeb citizen science project

An online talk from Dr Pen-Yuan Hsing, University of Bath, previously Durham University.

Thursday 15 April, 19:00-21:00

Science and serendipity in rucaparib development

An online talk from Professor Nicola Curtin, Newcastle University.

Thursday 6 May, 19:00-21:00

Growth strategies in plants

An online talk from Professor Keith Lindsey FRSB, Durham University.

Visit the reports section to find out about past events the branch have run.

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Our members

Visit the branch map and branch demographics to see the numbers and locations of our members (Dated January 2020).

AGM minutes

The minutes of the 2020 Northern branch AGM can be downloaded.


Chair (interim): Professor Caroline Austin FRSB
Treasurer: Mrs Helen Page FRSB
Secretary: Ros Roberts CBiol FRSB

Members: Paul Beetham CBiol MRSB, Professor Keith Lindsay FRSB, Barbara Murphy MRSB, Dr Shaun Nicholson FRSB, Tom Simpson MRSB, Professor Stephen Todryk FRSB

Committee biographies

Caroline Austin is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences at Newcastle University Medical School. Caroline's research interests are focused on the structure and functions of DNA topoisomerases, and include the co-discovery of TOP2B. Caroline is also a Trustee of the Royal Society of Biology.

Helen Page has worked for Teesside University since 2005, but previously worked at the Pirbright Institute, Surrey and at Doncaster College. Within the School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS) at Teesside, Helen lectures in a range of biology disciplines as well as forensic biology and DNA analysis. Helen's research interests include the location and recovery of trace biological evidence from unusual items, recovery of fingerprints from devices and peer review and quality processes in forensic science.

Ros Roberts started out on her academic career as a teacher educator and science education researcher in the 90s. Through spells on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Education (JBE), more recently representing the JBE as a Diversity and Inclusion ambassador, and involvement with the Biology Education Researchers’ Group, Ros has a longstanding involvement with the RSB.

Paul Beetham is currently a Supernumerary Methodist Minister. He studied Botany and Zoology at London University (Royal Holloway College) graduating in 1975. He has been editor of the Christ & The Cosmos publications, a trustee of the Science & Religion Forum and published papers in both science and theology. As a result of the fellowship in 2016 he published a paper entitled "Science, Theology And Politics in the Eighteenth And Twenty-first Centuries".

Keith Lindsay graduated from St. Catherine's College Oxford, and then undertook a PhD at Edinburgh University. Keith carried out post-doc work in Edinburgh and then Rothamsted, before taking up a position as leader of the Plant Molecular Genetics Group at the Leicester Biocentre, and a lectureship at Leicester University (1989) before moving to a Chair in Durham in 1996. Keithe is Professor in the Department of Biosciences at Durham University and is a former President and Chair of Council of the Society for Experimental Biology.

Stephen Todryk is Professor of Immunology within the Department of Applied Sciences and Head of the Mammalian Cell Biology & Immunology Group at Northumbria University. Having received a BSc from Aston, Birmingham, Steve went on to work in an NHS Immunology lab in Oxford for two years. He then embarked on a PhD at Guys Hospital, London, studying immunity and vaccines against streptococci, which he completed in 1995. Steve joined Northumbria University in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer, became Reader in 2010 and was awarded personal Chair of Immunology in 2012.

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