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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 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


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

26 April 2017



Royal Society of Biology blog

How will environmental policy change post-Brexit?

Top stories

The March for Science: advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?

Why the global March for Science is already a success
On 22 April, from Oklahoma to Greenland, scientists and their champions will mobilise, and in many ways, the March for Science is already a success.

What's happening at March for Science events around the world
Nature reports from marches in cities around the world as people take to the streets in support of science.

'Evidence not arrogance': UK supporters join global March for Science
Academics and industry workers rally in British cities amid fears that ‘post-truth’ era is devaluing evidence-based research.

March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference

Scientists prepare for protest: 'the march should be a starting point'
March for Science organisers hope the mobilising thousands around the world can help restore science to its rightful place. But marching may not be enough.


Health and biomedicine

The Speed of Science
With 7000 medicines in the global pipeline, the life sciences industry is on the brink of some major innovations. Now, a General Election and Brexit loom. We [ABPI] look to current and future Government to continue to support the life sciences: the industrial and academic researchers who fail, succeed and keep moving forward.

Human Tissue Authority: triennial review
The main conclusion of the review was that the Human Tissue Authority performs necessary functions to a high standard and should continue to operate as an executive non-departmental public body. The review also contains recommendations to improve performance, governance and efficiency.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: triennial review
The main conclusion of the review was that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority performs necessary functions effectively and should continue to operate as an executive non-departmental public body. The review also contains recommendations to improve performance, governance and efficiency.

Food and drink

New report on the challenges of carbon labelling of food products
A new report explores how UK stakeholders and consumers perceive consumer-facing information that shows the carbon footprint of high-protein food products. The study was funded by the Global Food Security programme as part of the Policy Lab, in which post-doctoral researchers compete to write a report for the programme.

Could a tax on meat help us save the planet?

Agriculture and fishery

Is Boston the next urban farming paradise?
The city’s healthy startup culture is contributing to Boston’s rapidly growing reputation as a haven for organic food and urban farming initiatives.


Environment and ecology

A General Election from out of the blue: What does this mean for ecology?

Committee finds a worrying landscape in Marine Protected Areas
The Environmental Audit Committee is disappointed with the government's lack of ambition on designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).


Government and parliament

CaSE report - Improving use of evidence in UK government policymaking

Letter from Chris Skidmore to Stephen Metcalfe regarding use of evidence by the Cabinet Office dated 3 April 2017


Research funding and higher education policy

Nobel laureates condemn ‘unimaginative’ research funding models
Peer review process punishes academics who ‘challenge the dogma’ of their field, scientists claim.

Address staffing, immigration and research concerns to protect UK universities
The Education Committee report says the Government must provide guarantees to university staff from the EU and design a new immigration system that better meets the needs of higher education.

Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019
EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support.

Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17: Lords amendments
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords.

Further changes to HE Bill as Commons gets set for ping-pong
Pity the Higher Education and Research Bill team at the Department for Education.

Ministers ‘lose control’ of HE bill in UK election ‘wash-up’
Government concessions needed ‘if it is not to lose its bill’, senior Labour peer warns.

2VCs: Will the Tef do serious damage or just puncture a few egos?
When the first official rankings for university teaching come out in June, there will be certainly be some red faces. But could the future of students and institutions hang in the balance?

Demonstrating value for money
Demonstrating 'value for money' is an important and significant challenge for the sector.  Increased tuition fees have widened the debate beyond universities, funding councils and the treasury to include a much wider range of interests.


Open access and publication policy

RSB Research Communication Newsletter - April 2017 issue

Business and industry

Collaborating to commercialise: Funding for universities to deliver the Industrial Strategy
HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability Fund, with guidance on the allocation of £100 million to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

The UK’s future as an innovation powerhouse

Clark confirms £1bn for Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Business secretary Greg Clark has announced that the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will distribute £1 billion over the next four years.

Equality and diversity

Making the most of our ASSET’s
When it comes to the reality of what it’s really like for women in academic science, it is always useful to have evidence up one’s sleeve to make a point as well as merely be able to relate anecdotes, personal or otherwise.

Research evaluation ‘actively contributes’ to gender inequality
Research excellence framework maintains discrimination in academy, says thesis.


Public engagement

Power of the people



Drive to register all UK scientists: benchmark or bureaucracy?
Critics call proposal for world-first professional recognition system ‘demented’.



David Sweeney to become Executive Chair Designate of Research England
David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, has been appointed Executive Chair Designate of Research England.

MRC Chief Executive Professor Sir John Savill appointed Regius Professor of Medical Science, University of Edinburgh
Today [21 April 2017], the Medical Research Council announces its Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sir John Savill, has been appointed, as of 1 April 2018, the Regius Professor of Medical Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Institute for Apprenticeships announces new appointments
The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed chairs for 15 route panels, and a panel of apprentices to advise the board.

Natural England Board members re-appointed
The Secretary of State has re-appointed 4 members of the Board of Natural England.

Innovate UK appointments confirmed
Three new non-executive directors for the Innovate UK board have been named by Business Secretary Greg Clark.


Maddox Prize 2017 nominations
The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Nominations are now open for the 2017 prize.
Closes 31 July 2017


Engaging with Parliament and responding to inquiries: a BES/ZSL workshop for ecologists interested in the science/policy interface
26 May, London
This one day event, aimed principally at established scientists (post-doctoral and above), will review key knowledge and processes involved in engaging with Parliament and responding to Select Committee inquiries relevant to ecology, conservation and environmental management. The day will be structured around a series of talks and tasks, designed to promote active learning experiences and maximise individual networking opportunities for all. Topics to be discussed include the structure and function of Parliament, introduction to Select Committees, the nature and purpose of parliamentary inquiries, as well as practical tips for producing written and oral submissions.

 And finally...

What all those scientists on Twitter are really doing
Analysis reveals that female researchers are over-represented on the social-media site and that mathematicians and life scientists are less likely to use it.

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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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