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

Upcoming events



Saturday 12 May 2018 10:00-13:00

RSPB Scotland Loch Leven Guided Walk - all are welcome at this introductory talk about the reserve and tour.



External events of interest

Biology in Scotland Events: Links to organisations that run local events


Visit our branch map to see where our members are.

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


Chair: Professor Kevin O'Dell FRSB
Professor of Behaviour Genetics and Dean of Public Engagement, University of Glasgow
Vice Chair: Dr Liz Lakin CBiol FRSB
Policy Chair: Dr Nicola Marchant FRSB
Branch Activities Chair: Dr Jacqueline Nairn CBiol FRSB
Treasurer: Dr Russ Clare CBiol MRSB
Secretary: Professor David Coates FRSB
Dean of School of Life Sciences Learning & Teaching, University of Dundee

Caroline Baker CBiol MRSB, Janice Barr MRSB, Professor David Burt FRSB, Professor John Coggins FRSB, Dr Joe Gray FRSB, Professor Jack Jackson OBE CBiol FRSB, Dr Alistair MacPherson CBiol MRSB, Dr Eva Malone MRSB, Dr Andrew Spiers FRSB, Dr Lesley Stark FRSB (Co-opted)

Contact details

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Scotland annual events

The annual conference for teachers is in its 20th year. Such is the size and popularity of the meeting, it is now organised with the assistance of an independent events company.

Our AGM and symposium in November includes presentations from Scotland's notable biologists.

The annual Peter Wilson memorial lecture, run in collaboration with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research, is held at the RSE building in central Edinburgh in February, and, with its environmental remit, honours a former Institute of Biology Vice President.

Other meetings - public fora, members symposia, careers events, and public lectures - are organised from time to time.

Scotland education work

The branch makes annual awards to the top students in Biology examinations administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority at the level of Higher and above, and also organises a poster presentation competition for university final year students. Members are also actively involved in the development of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The 12 or so members of our committee are aware that activities should reflect the interests of members and the wider community of biologists across Scotland as well as the general public.

As a member, if you are aware of any gaps in our programme, there are always opportunities to apply your experience and enthusiasm to developing the calendar, either as a committee member, co-optee, or on an ad hoc basis.

Scotland policy work

You can find out what policy work we are doing over on the regional policy page.

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