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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

17 November 2017



Top stories

Brexit threatens UK's reputation for scientific research, watchdog says
Leadership is ‘sorely lacking’ in key areas such as robotics and climate change, parliament’s spending monitor warns.

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

UN told it should re-establish science board
National science advisers are expected to call on the UN to reinstate its Scientific Advisory Board under a new structure after it was quietly shelved in September.

Health and biomedicine

Antibiotic Awareness Week: Research council scientists collaborate in fight against AMR

First gene-editing in human body attempt

PHE publishes elimination of HIV and HIV testing reports 2017
Latest HIV reports show a fall in HIV transmission rates in the UK as investment in effective preventative measures pays off.

Improved diagnostics fail to halt the rise of tuberculosis
TB remains a big killer despite the development of a better test for detecting the disease.

Environment and ecology

New environmental protections to deliver a Green Brexit
Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces plans to consult on a new, independent body for environmental standards.

Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

Work together to tackle illegal wildlife trade
The British government announced that a year from now, on 10-11 October 2018, the UK will host the next high-level meeting of this global coalition against the illegal wildlife trade. As the incoming and outgoing chairs, the UK and Vietnam have a strong shared interest in working together to keep driving forward progress.

Biology’s beloved amphibian — the axolotl — is racing towards extinction
Although abundant in captivity, the salamander has nearly disappeared from its natural habitat, and that’s a problem.

Climate and energy

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry launches Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP23
Global alliance, launched by UK and Canada, to lead the rest of the world in committing to an end to the use of unabated coal power.

UK ratifies new agreement to tackle global warming
The UK has become one of the first nations to complete ratification of a landmark agreement to reduce emissions from appliances that play a major role in global warming.

Climate change impacts on human health

First CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets

Government and parliament

Committee examines research integrity
The Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry on research integrity. This session examines issues including the statistical methods to detect problems with research integrity and the roles of publishers and charitable funders in identifying and responding to problems.

Exiting the EU

 UK visas for ‘exceptional’ researchers to double
The UK government has announced it will double the number of Tier 1 exceptional talent visas—the visa type allocated to senior researchers and engineers wanting to work in the UK—to 2,000.

Research funding and higher education policy

UK research grant success rates rise for first time in five years
Largest amount of cash handed out by research councils overall since 2014-15 brings an end to negative trend.

Why is the CRSF so important to our Industrial Strategy?
Dr Cat Ball, Policy Manager at the Association of Medical Research Charities, explains the vital role of the Charity Research Support Fund in university research.

Open access and publication policy

Research Gate bows to pressure from publishers on copyrighted material
Networking site has moved 1.7 million journal articles from five major publishers so they are no longer accessible to the public.

Equality and diversity

Is there a culture of denial around sexual misconduct in academia?
Hollywood and Westminster have been rocked by tales of sexual assault and abuse. Is academia similarly plagued by misuse of power and sexual misconduct? Five scholars offer their views.

100 Women: The ice ceiling that held women back from Antarctic exploration

International news

African scientists get their own open-access publishing platform
Venture will launch next year and seeks to strengthen continent’s science by helping academics share work more quickly.


Under Trump, Biologists Fear Political Risks of Controversial Research
Scientists fear a crackdown on embryo research if President Trump pays attention to scientific advances.

Science and innovation policy for the many, not the few
A left-leaning government should let society take back control of the direction and rewards of new technologies, says Melanie Smallman.


Distinguished role model for women in science receives global award
A world-leading Norwich-based plant scientist, who receives funding from BBSRC, has been named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science laureate.

The forgotten scientist who paved the way for the discovery of DNA’s structure
Remembering J M Creeth, 70 years after he discovered hydrogen bonds in DNA


Work of the Science Minister
Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the Work of the Science Minister


Night at the Vet College: Wellbeing
22 November

 And finally...

How a species of pigeon went from five billion to zero and why it's so terrifying
Genetic analysis of extinct passenger pigeons sounds a warning about humanity's impact on wildlife


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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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