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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 branch events



Friday 22 September 2017

Making Life Sciences Happen in Scotland – Biology Careers
University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness

Thursday 12 October 2017

Superhero Science show: a Regional Grant Scheme Event
Dram!, Woodlands Road Glasgow

Saturday 14 October 2017, Symposium: 11:00, AGM: 13:00

Scotland Branch AGM and Symposium: Exploring parasite diversity.
The Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Campus.

Members may also be interested in events in neighbouring branches listed in the regional events page


Visit the branch map to see where our members are. (Map dated May 2016).

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

Minutes for the 2015-16 AGM can be downloaded

The following invitation may be of interest to members

Applications are now being invited for the key Senior Civil Service science role as Chief Scientific Adviser, Environment & Natural Resources in the Scottish Government, and would be grateful if you could also circulate this to your members as appropriate.

Details of the post can be found on the Scottish Government website.


Chair: Professor Kevin O'Dell FRSB
Professor of Behaviour Genetics and Dean of Public Engagement, University of Glasgow
Vice Chair: Dr Liz Larkin 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

Janice Barr MRSB, Professor David Burt FRSB, Dr Russ Clare CBiol MRSB, Professor John Coggins FRSB, Dr Joe Gray FRSB, Professor Jack Jackson OBE CBiol FRSB, Dr Alistair MacPherson CBiol MRSB, Jade Middlemiss AMRSB (student committee member), Dr Andrew Spiers FRSB, Caroline Baker CBiol MRSB

Contact details

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Our 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.

In the education arena, 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 actively involved in the development of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The twelve 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. Please contact us if you would like to help.