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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

12 December 2017




Health and biomedicine

MHRA awarded £1.3m for collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization that aims to extensively improve the safety monitoring of medicines in low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

How soundscapes and vibrations are helping blind people see the world

Agriculture and fishery

Making ‘green Brexit’ work for agriculture and the environment

Environment and ecology

'Worrying alarm call' for world's birds on brink of extinction

Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science

Turning sunlight to sustainable fuel: Commission launches EIC Horizon Prize for Artificial Photosynthesis
The European Commission has launched the second of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Artificial Photosynthesis, run under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

Narwhals’ mixed-up response to fear could kill them
Tracking study suggests the Arctic whales are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance.

Climate and energy

'Future world' scenarios to paint a clearer climate change picture
An EU-funded project's 'future world' scenarios are informing the development of innovative tools and measures to help vulnerable communities plan for, and adapt to, the effects of global warming - such as increased flooding, wild fires and extreme weather.

Animal Research

Environment Secretary publishes bill to strengthen animal welfare
New law will ensure animal abusers are jailed for up to 5 years and animal sentience is reflected in UK law

Michael Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

Government and parliament

Sir Mark Walport questioned on Life Sciences and Industrial Strategy
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues to take evidence for its inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy. Giving evidence is the Chief Executive designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Professor Sir Mark Walport.

Peers question scope of life-sciences strategy

Algorithms in decision-making examined
The Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry on algorithms in decision-making. The topic was pitched to the Committee earlier this year by Sense About Science, as part of the Committee's My Science Inquiry initiative

Exiting the EU

Brexit ‘breakthrough’ raises hope — and questions
Giving EU nationals the right to remain in the UK will boost confidence, say observers.

Research funding and higher education policy

Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’
As Germany, France and Nordic and Alpine countries continue with increased investment, much of the rest of the Continent has not recovered from the financial crisis

Research and innovation must stay connected
It is vital that our best researchers maintain profile and participation in European networks through Brexit and beyond.

Open access and publication policy

Peer reviewers need more nurturing
Richard Catlow explains why three national scientific societies are calling for research evaluators to be highly valued and trained.

Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals
Negotiations to reduce journal prices and promote open access are progressing slowly

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: what it means for you
Wellcome is joining ClinicalStudyDataRequest.com (CSDR), a data-sharing initiative involving academic research funders and pharmaceutical companies. Jen O’Callaghan, from our Open Research team, explains why and what it means for researchers.

Equality and diversity

Men ‘much more likely to ask questions in seminars’ than women
Male academics two and a half times more likely to speak up, as women cite lack of confidence and ‘intimidating’ speakers

Public engagement

Citizen scientists help capture wild mammals on camera


Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution
Les Hatton and Gregory Warr give their two-pronged solution to the problems of peer review


Evaluation of the EU's Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change
Closes 1 March 2018


Rethinking British Agricultural Systems - Linking agri-science to post Brexit UK agricultural policy
30 January 2018

New to Teaching Bioscience in Higher Education
This one-day workshop event is designed to cater for the specific needs of bioscience colleagues who have reached a career stage in which they are called on to provide lectures and other university teaching but who are yet to (or have only recently been) appointed to substantive academic posts. It will also be of interest to researchers, postgraduates, hourly paid staff and visiting lecturers.
21 February 2018

Biophysics of epigenetic and chromatin dynamics
16 – 17 April 2018

 And finally...

Blue Planet II: from octopus v shark to fish that crawl, the series’s biggest discoveries



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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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