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Welcome to the Association of Applied Biologists 


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 2015/2016


The Association has negotiated a special price for AAB Members to publish in our Open Access journal Food and Energy Security - UK 500 pounds (usual price UK1200 pounds).  To submit your manuscript click here 


Click here for a copy of the Association's Annual Report for 2015 


Hard copies will be available at the University of Edinburgh, George Square Lecture Theatre, on 9 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!




Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee

Vacation Studentships 2017

The Rank Prize Funds will be again be offering vacation studentships commencing in the Summer of 2017. A total grant of UK 250 pounds per week for 10 weeks) together with up to UK 500 pounds for consumables (the proposed amount should be justified on the application form) will be available for students to assist in research projects in the fields of human nutrition, animal nutrition and crop husbandry.  Topics should be within the remit of the Committee. Supervisors already actively engaged on appropriate projects can download the guidelines and application form from the news section on the website www.rankprize.org.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 8th Feb 2017



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

29 March 2017



Royal Society of Biology news

Royal Society of Biology: bioscience priorities for Brexit
With the triggering today of Article 50 and  formal start of the process of  UK withdrawal from the EU, it is useful to reflect that RSB  work is ongoing  to try to ensure the best outcomes for biology and  the biosciences community from the forthcoming negotiations.

Plant Science newsletter
UK Plant Sciences Federation has relaunched a monthly Plant Science newsletter - a round-up of plant science policy headlines and stories. You can sign up to receive this newsletter via mySociety page and view the last issue as a PDF.


Royal Society of Biology blogs

"Power Plants": renewable energy from photosynthesis
By Barney Slater AMRSB, BBSRC PhD student at University of Cambridge and policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology, talks about renewable energy from photosynthesis.

Top stories

Theresa May triggers the official Brexit process in a letter to EU

Prime Minister's letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50

Voice of the Future 2017

Talking science policy and Trump politics at this year's Voice of the Future
By Greg Satchell, BSc (Hons) MRSC MRSB ACSFS, junior forensic scientist for Thames Valley Police and representative for the RSB at this year's Voice of the Future.

Voice of the Future 2017: young scientists question MPs and Ministers
By Dr Andrew Quigley, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and one of the Biochemical Society's representatives at Voice of the Future event.

Voice of the Future 2017: a scientist's perspective
Daniella Rabaiotti reports from Voice of the Future, held on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at Portcullis House.


Health and biomedicine

Genome Editing: Scientific opportunities, public interests, and policy options in the EU
A new report by the European Academies' Science Advisory Council on genome editing gives advice to European policy-makers on groundbreaking research involving genome editing and plants, animals, microbes and patients.

WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients
New tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.

Food and drink

EU greenlights Dow-DuPont mega-merger raising food security fears
Green groups say $130bn merger signals lack of choice for farmers who need more seed diversity to adapt to changing climate.

EFSA sets European dietary reference values for nutrient intakes
EFSA's Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies has established dietary reference values for the intake of carbohydrates, dietary fibre, fats and water. EFSA's advice on nutrient intakes provides an important evidence base to underpin nutritional policies, the setting of diet-related public health targets and the development of consumer information and educational programmes on healthy diets.



The satellites that safeguard our forests

Environment and ecology

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides
Draft regulations seen by the Guardian reveal the European commission wants to prohibit the insecticides that cause "acute risks to bees".

Valuing the nature of the Somerset Levels and Moors for the future
The Somerset Levels and Moors are the UK's largest wetland area at over 650 km2. They are known globally for their iconic pastoral farming landscape, spectacular birdlife and significant archaeological remains. Such characteristics make the area an attractive place to live, work and bring up children.

Improving the evidence base for tackling the threat of invasive non-native species
Invasive Species week 2017 takes place from March 27 until April 2.

Animal research

Award-winning way to improve welfare for laboratory animals
Welfare of laboratory animals is of major importance to the bioscience sector and their animal technicians. It is their obligation to make sure animals held in research establishments receive the highest standards of care. But when new practices are identified, how can we ensure that they are understood and introduced for the better of the animals? That's what John Waters' recent award-winning work looked to address.


Exiting the EU

EU membership and UK science after the referendum report debated
On Thursday 23 March the House of Lords debates the Science and Technology Committee's report on A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum, published on 20 December 2016.

UK science, post-Brexit
Nine months since the British vote to exit the European Union (Brexit), the UK science community's initial dismay has given way to hard-boiled determination to limit the damage it will do to universities and research.

UK universities' confusion on Brexit "toxic", says Germany's U15
Lack of clear strategy to keep UK in EU's research framework is blocking new collaborative projects.

Europe can build on scientific intuition
Carlos Moedas sees a bold future for the European Research Council and more projects that copy its approach.

Research funding and higher education policy

Impact of UK3.4Bn investment demonstrates the UK place as a global leader in research and innovation
Today [27 March] the Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched reports detailing the impacts of a collective investment of UK3.4Bn in 2015/16. This investment drives economic growth by helping to deliver the UK's Industrial Strategy of increasing productivity, creating high-value industry, jobs and a skilled workforce.

Golden triangle makes small gains in HEFCE capital allocation
The University of Oxford, University College London and the University of Cambridge will all receive slightly more research capital income in 2017-18 compared with the previous year.

Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture
The report "Financial health of the higher education sector: 2015-16 shows a financially sound position overall. However, there is significant and increasing variation in the financial performances of individual institutions, with the main financial strength remaining in a small number of them.

"It's not all about the science", Biomedical Catalyst told
The Biomedical Catalyst may be missing out on funding commercially viable projects because of its strong emphasis on scientific excellence, according to a review.


Schools education policy

New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding
The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are to merge to become one body, the Secretary State for Education announced today (Tuesday 28 March).

Education Scotland - Guidance on using Benchmarks for Assessment

Open access and publication policy

Royal Society of Biology Research Communication Newsletter - March 2017 issue


Business and industry

UK life sciences clusters key to delivering the Industrial Strategy
A new Academy report, produced jointly with the Wellcome Trust, provides a summary of the main findings of a FORUM workshop on "Geographical clusters" held at Newcastle University on 1 February 2017.

Building a commercial seaweed industry
First policy guidelines for sustainable seaweed cultivation.


Equality and diversity

Widening access now has a business and social imperative
The narrative of widening participation, access and social mobility has been subtly changing.

Looking fair and wide on university access
Sometimes, there's something a little dispiriting about the debate on widening participation and social mobility in higher education.

Five unconscious biases that hold back female researchers
Our research into the low numbers of female professors encountered damaging assumptions and prejudices.



Predatory journals recruit fake editor
An investigation finds that dozens of academic titles offered 'Dr Fraud' - a sham, unqualified scientist a place on their editorial board. Katarzyna Pisanski and colleagues report.

Other news

'Fake research' comes under scrutiny

National statistics centre opens its doors
The Office for National Statistics has opened its data-science campus in Newport, created to provide accurate and timely information to guide policymakers.


Director appointed for new UK health and biomedical informatics research institute
Professor Andrew Morris has been appointed Director of the new UK health and biomedical informatics research institute, which is to be named Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).

Elliott steps down as ESRC chief
Jane Elliott has resigned as chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council.


Plant Health Undergraduate Studentships

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