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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 £2500 per student (£250 per week for 10 weeks) together with up to £500 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

8 February 2017



Top stories

Sir Mark Walport will lead UK Research and Innovation
Science minister Jo Johnson has announced that Prof Sir Mark Walport will be Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Sir Mark Walport: my ambition as first chief of UKRI
The new CEO of UKRI, Sir Mark Walport, says a shake-up of UK research funding is needed if the country is to remain internationally competitive.

Food and drink

Research strategy in a changing world
Head of Global Food Security (GFS) Riaz Bhunnoo outlines the programme’s plans and policies for the future.

Agriculture and fishery

Deadly new wheat disease threatens Europe’s crops
Researchers caution that stem rust may have returned to world’s largest wheat-producing region.

New 'super yield' GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

Genetically Modified Organisms: Rothamsted Research
Details of the consent for Rothamsted Research to release genetically modified wheat, reference 16/R08/02.

New Plant Breeding Techniques
This note outlines some of the new plant breeding techniques developed recently and looks at their applications and the regulatory challenges they raise.

Common Agricultural Policy update
Environmentally friendly farming rules reviewed.

Climate and energy

Greenhouse Gas Removal
The 2015 Paris Agreement called for a balance between sources of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and their removal by 2100 to halt global temperature rise. This POSTnote explains why Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques may be required to achieve this goal, outlines the benefits of and concerns about them, and considers policy options.


Exiting the EU

UK agriculture – trade post Brexit
The EU  Energy and Environment Sub-Committee questions experts about the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture on trade with the EU and the wider world.

The university challenge: what would an Intelligent Brexit look like?


Research funding and higher education policy

New debate over UKRI’s remit gives universities an opportunity
Universities, in general, welcome the government’s proposed amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill which places the knowledge exchange remit in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UK research and innovation overseas: A snapshot of University Alliance activity in developing countries


Sustainable development

UK consumption of sustainable palm oil: annual review
These annual reviews track the progress towards achieving 100% sourcing of credibly certified sustainable palm oil in the UK.


Open access and publication policy

The developing world needs more than numbers
Policymakers should read the contents of published papers and not just count them, says Dyna Rochmyaningsih.

Equality and diversity

Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers
Female academics’ feedback on issues such as ‘acceptable’ norms reveals a sector far from its ideals, say Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley.



Hans Rosling: Data visionary and educator dies aged 68


BBSRC Innovator of the Year Awards
It is designed to recognise the full breadth of impacts that BBSRC investments in research have, from creation of spinout companies, to working in collaboration with business, to social enterprise and NGOs, to working with policy makers, both in the UK and abroad. Winners in each category will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the overall winner, the BBSRC Innovator of the Year.
Closes 15 February 2017

UK Research and Innovation Board Members
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking to appoint between 9-12 Non-Executive Directors to become Members of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Board. UKRI, a new, independent, non-departmental public body, will bring together the functions of the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and the research and knowledge exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (to be known as Research England).
Closes 31 March 2017

Voice of the Future
Are you aged between 18-35? Would you like to ask MPs questions about science policy issues that matter to you? Voice of the Future offers a unique opportunity for young scientists to do just that. If you’ve got a question email Karen Patel at events@rsb.org.uk by Friday 17th February. Read about last year’s event on our blog. The event will take place on 15 March 2017 in London.

Royal Society of Biology, Regional Grant Scheme for Biology Week events in 2017
The Regional Grant Scheme for Biology Week events is now open and offers grants of £50 to £500 for individual members of the Royal Society of Biology to run an event or activity in their region. Full details including guidance notes, event ideas and an application form are available online.
Deadline: Friday 21 April 2017
For enquiries please contact our
regional coordinators.



Genomics and genome-editing inquiry to be split
The Science and Technology Committee splits its inquiry into genomics and genome-editing into two parts to allow full attention to be given to the distinct challenges and opportunities for human health, and for plants, animals and ecosystems.

Research integrity inquiry
The Science and Technology Committee is undertaking an inquiry on the issues
raised in the POSTnote, and following up on the 'Peer review in scientific publications'
report from 2011.
Closes 10 March 2017

Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
The four UK funding bodies for higher education have published a joint consultation
on the arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence
Closes 17 March 2017

[Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy] Building our Industrial Strategy
This green paper sets out our [BEIS] vision for a modern industrial strategy and some early actions we have committed to take. It aims to start a genuinely open and collaborative conversation about the skills, research, infrastructure and the other things we need to get right to drive long term growth in productivity.
Closes 17 April 2017


 And finally...

Scientists Offer Lab Space for Stranded Peers
Researchers in Europe and Canada are offering temporary bench and desk spaces to host scientists denied entry into the U.S. as a result of the President’s executive order on immigration.

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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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