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The Rank Prize Funds: Post-Graduate Studentships

Applications from supervisors are invited for a Rank Prize Nutrition Fund Post-Graduate Studentship in Human Nutrition, to start in October 2018. UK Institutions ONLY.

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The Association has produced videos at several of its recent conferences.  Click on the links below to view these videos:



Click here for a copy of the Association's Strategy document for 2017/2018


The Association has negotiated a special price for AAB Members to publish in our Open Access journal Food and Energy Security - UK 750 pounds (usual price UK1500 pounds).  To submit your manuscript click here 


Click here for a copy of the Association's Annual Report for 2016 


Hard copies will be available at the Harper Adams University on 26 September and from the AAB Office (email Bernadette@aab.org.uk)  


Click here for a letter from Sir John O'Reilly from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills inviting responses for interactions between the research base and the wider innovation ecosystem   


Click here for the Association's latest newsletter featuring AAB council updates, Conference reports and listings, Features and more!




ASPB is offering a limited number of $575 travel grants to attend Plant Biology 2018 in Montreal, Canada. This program aims to increase attendance of early-career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need; increasing diversity among Plant Biology attendees is another important goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due December 6, 2017. Students and postdocs must include a research abstract, two letters of recommendation, and a statement that expresses why attending Plant Biology 2018 would enhance their career. (Faculty applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation; however, they are required to indicate current and pending support.) Full details are available at the Travel Grant website. 

The award consists of $575 and a partial waiver of the Plant Biology 2018 registration fee for each of the 80 recipients. 

Applications are due December 6, 2017, so please visit the Travel Grant websitepromptly to start creating your application packet.

Thank you,

American Society of Plant Biologists


Science Policy Newsletter – a weekly round-up of policy headlines and stories

19 December 2017

Dear readers, the newsletter team will be taking a break for Christmas, and we will return with the next edition on the 3 January 2018. In the meantime may we send you our very best wishes.


Health and biomedicine

MHRA awarded over £980,000 for collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organisation
MHRA today announced a partnership worth over £980,000 to improve the safety monitoring of medicines in low and middle-income countries.

Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some
A promising vaccine for dengue fever is in limbo after the Philippines suspended its use amid widespread public anger and fears about its safety.

This may be a turning point in treating neurodegenerative diseases
Success in trials for Huntington’s and Spinal Muscular Atrophy raises hopes that diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS could be tackled using a new class of drugs.

Approval to create a world-leading public health science campus

Agriculture and fishery

Major award recognises UK and global impact of wheat scientist

Decision to increase bigeye tuna catch limit criticised

Environment and ecology

New raptor persecution maps to help tackle wildlife crime
New technology will help crack down on crimes against raptors in England and Wales.

Abstraction reform: further moves made towards Green Brexit
The government has published a new plan to reform abstraction management - to protect the environment while improving access to water where it is needed most.

Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds

Asiatic cheetahs on the brink of extinction with only 50 left alive
With UN funds being cut this month, conservationists call for last-ditch effort to save animal which clings on only in Iran.

Climate and energy

Mark Field remarks at UN Security Council Climate Security Arria
Minister for Asia Mark Field made a statement at the UN Security Council Arria on climate security.


UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

Animal Research

Animal Sentience and Brexit
An overview of animal sentience and the Government proposal to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK legislation after Brexit.

Government and parliament

Does the NHS have the resources to deliver on Life Sciences?
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues to take evidence for its inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. Giving evidence are representatives from NHS Improvement.

Exiting the EU

Four policy experts talk Brexit
Anna McKie talks with leaders from university mission groups about the issues surrounding Brexit and how higher education and research must be protected.

Research funding and higher education policy

UK share of EU research funding down by a fifth

If we're going to have two-year degrees, leave them to revived polytechnics
Simon Jenkins says universities should switch to two year degrees and give up research. I disagree.

Update to the RCUK Research and Training Grant Terms and Conditions

Business and industry

Dealing with uncertainty
Brexit, drug pricing, opioid addiction and a host of other political footballs have given the drug industry plenty to deal with in 2017.


Data will change the world, and we must get its governance right
The chancellor’s announcement of a new centre for data ethics is welcome. But we must ensure that it has the power to address the ethical issues it identified.

International news

Trump will drop climate change from US National Security Strategy
President to outline new approach in unprecedented White House speech. Obama administration added climate to list of threats to US interests.


Lost species of bee-mimicking moth rediscovered after 130 years
The rare oriental blue clearwing, that disguises itself as a bee, was spotted in the Malaysian rainforest.


Joint Nature Conservation Committee appointed three new independent members
The JNCC has appointed three new independent members for three years.

Preferred candidate chosen for the role of Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council
Professor Fiona Watt FRS has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate to be the Executive Chair of the Medical Research Council (MRC) when it becomes a constituent part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in April 2018.

Nature’s editor to step down after 22 years in charge
Philip Campbell to continue at publisher Springer Nature.


Call for nominations for the Queen's New Year Honours 2019
Do you know someone working within the environmental sciences sector who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution, their achievements in public life, and/or their commitment to serving and helping Britain?

MMO announce 2018 panel dates for the EMFF scheme in England
The MMO is pleased to confirm the dates for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) panels for 2018.

British Biology Olympiad
The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) challenges and motivates students with an interest in biology. The competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge by offering a wide ranging syllabus.    


Reducing marine litter: action on single use plastics and fishing gear
Closes 12 December.


New to Teaching Bioscience in Higher Education
21 February: A workshop event from the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) and the Royal Society of Biology for newcomers and relative newcomers to university teaching.

Science Podcasting Workshop
26 February: Award-winning science broadcaster Richard Hollingham presents this introductory hands-on course on how to podcast - from getting good quality sound and content - to getting your podcast online and heard.

 And finally...

Sex between snow monkeys and sika deer may be 'new behavioural tradition'
Following a report of monkey-deer interactions earlier this year, researchers have now recorded the behaviour in another group of monkeys.


New from The Biologist
In the latest issue, geneticist Jana Stastna looks at why dietary restriction appears to extend lifespan in animals, and what that means for human health and ageing. Chronobiologist Dr Andrew Beale explores the complex relationship between artificial light and our circadian rhythms, and whether our increasing use of light-emitting devices is affecting our sleep. And neuroscientist Dr Kevin Mitchell asks whether biologists need to better understand the science of complexity in order to deal with the ever-increasing amounts of data produced in modern biology. RSB members can download the full issue to read analysis on the UK’s marine environment post-Brexit and more.



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We are honoured to announce that The Association of Applied Biologists has been named as a Collaborator at the 9th International Conference & Exhibition on Metabolomics & Systems Biology, which is going to be held from August 29-30, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference is based on the theme- Inclination towards the arena of Metabolomics research to explore the recent advancements and new methodologies that can be applied to the research to take Metabolomics and Systems biology one step further.


The Association of Applied Biologists is an international professional society for all those working, studying or interested in applied biology.


The Association was founded in 1904 and is a registered charity (No. 275655). Our mission is:   


 "To promote the study and advancement of all branches of Biology and in particular (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing), to foster the practice, growth and development of applied biology, with a focus on the application of biological sciences in the production of food, materials and energy, and for the maintenance and improvement of earth's environment".    


We deliver this charitable mission through the publication of scientific journals in applied biology, the organisation of conferences in a range of related subject themes, the formulation and dissemination of policies to promote the discipline, the production of a newsletter and the provision of services for members.


We have approximately 800 members across the world and many libraries subscribe to our publications.  


We welcome all those who are interested in applied biology.     


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