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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

13 February 2018


Royal Society of Biology news

RSB School Biology Teacher of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

RSB recognises Coventry University as first in the UK to receive Doctoral Training Accreditation

Health and biomedicine

Breakthrough as human eggs developed in the lab for first time
Developing eggs from earliest stages to maturity could open the door to new approach to fertility preservation.

£54 million funding to transform health through data science

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Food and drink

GC team contributes to ongoing discussions on honey authenticity
The UK Government Chemist team contributed to discussions at technical round table on honey authentication at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Environment and ecology

Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund provides conservation boost
Agreements are offered to 37 farming groups new to the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund.

Coral reefs require ‘radical interventions’ to save them from destruction, say top marine scientists
Scientists are 'ready to take risks' in effort to save vital marine ecosystems.

Scotland's red squirrel numbers stabilise

Climate and energy

Clean Growth top of the agenda for ministerial visit to Teesside
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry was in Tees Valley today reaffirming the government’s commitment to clean growth.

Climate Change – the COP mystery explained


UK 'could adopt' Norway bottle recycling system

Research funding and higher education policy

A snapshot of UK research infrastructures

HEFCE introduces first ever measure of vocational degrees
For the first time, it is possible to compare subjects based on how vocational they are, using a new measure called the occupations subject concentration ratio, or OSCR.

STEM student numbers on the rise
Upon today’s release of Higher Education student data, James Tooze reviews some of the key numbers for science & engineering.

What’s it worth? Estimating the impact of biomedical research

Few UK universities have adopted rules against impact-factor abuse
Institutions have made little progress against the misuse of research metrics when hiring and promoting academics.

Open access and publication policy

Research Councils UK sign up to Responsible Research Metrics Declaration

Equality and diversity

Women working for Wellcome Trust ‘earn 21% less than men’ on average
Figures released by charity – one of the world’s biggest funders of biomedical research – make ‘uncomfortable reading’, says director.

Lack of women in energy ‘holding back fight against climate change’
Gender imbalance at energy firms and industry events is slowing transition to greener power, claims expert.

Science community celebrating LGBT history month

Public engagement

Operation Earth: Environmental science for families launches nationwide
NERC's Operation Earth programme launches this month at 11 science and discovery centres across the UK.

International news

Wild primates threaten efforts to wipe out skin disease
An attempt to eliminate disfiguring yaws disease fails to account for primate hosts.

Trump budget gives last-minute reprieve to science funding
Funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health would hold steady after Congress agrees to lift spending caps, but details are fuzzy.


Has the time has come for responsible metrics?


Government announces Mr Justice Langstaff will lead inquiry into the infected blood scandal
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced Mr Justice Langstaff will chair the infected blood scandal Inquiry.


Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition 2018
‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of this year’s Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. Supported by Eppendorf, there are two categories each with a cash prize: 18 (£1000) and under 18s (£500). Entries close on 31st July 2018. Please contact Raghav Selvam with any enquires.


Your chance to influence policy on geological disposal
A world-class solution for the UK's radioactive waste.

Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise the farmed salmon industry in Scotland
The future of Scotland’s farmed salmon industry will come under the scrutiny of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee as it encourages individuals and organisations to share their views as part of its upcoming inquiry.

Call for evidence to help improve air quality launched
Views on domestic burning of dirtier fuels will help inform steps to further improve air pollution. Closes 27 February 2018.

25-Year Environment Plan: inquiry by the Environmental Audit Committee
The Environmental Audit Committee is conducting a short inquiry into the Government's 25-Year Environment Plan. The RSB response to this consultation is currently in draft. Comments from RSB members on this consultation are welcome - please contact consultation@rsb.org.uk
Closes 28 February 2018.

Public consultation on EU funds in the area of migration
Closes 8 March 2018.

Public consultation on an EU initiative for pollinators
Closes 5 April 2018.

Public Consultation on the Establishment of the Innovation Fund
Deadline 10 April 2018.


Athena SWAN Biosciences Best Practice Workshop
Top tips for those wanting to submit an Athena SWAN application
A free workshop discussing best practice for bioscience departments in higher education institutions to achieve an Athena SWAN award.
7 March 2018.

PULSE: Programme for Up and coming Life Sciences Entrepreneurs
6 – 8 March 2018.

Driving Engagement, Innovation and Impact in Plant Science
Through the development of innovative solutions, plant science can help drive productivity and sustainability across the bioeconomy. This interactive workshop will bring together plant scientists, social researchers and innovators to explore novel approaches and learning from other sectors, and thus facilitate more effective co-design, knowledge exchange and public understanding. KTN will also be launching its pre-competitive R&D vision for the agricultural sector at this event.
27 March 2018.

SEB Florence 2018
Discover the art of creating extraordinary science at SEB’s Annual Meeting in Florence, Italy from 3 – 6 July 2018 at the Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Centre.

 And finally...

Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.


Noise v Narwhals: news from The Biologist
The latest issue of The Biologist looks at how noise from shipping and drilling in the Arctic is threatening iconic marine mammals in the region, such as narwhals and belugas. The RSB policy team digests the Government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment, and experts discuss what comes next after the neonicotinoid ban. Plus, Dame Bridget Ogilvie looks back on her journey from a farm in Australia to a range of high-profile roles in UK science. Members can download the full issue here.


Royal Society of Biology

Are you coming to the end of your research project and need to disseminate the information?  The AAB can help with the organisation of conferences/knowledge transfer.  Call Carol Millman on 02476 574998 or email at carol@aab.org.uk. 

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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