AAB - President


Welcome to the Association of Applied Biologists 


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.

See document below for more information...

                                               CLICK HERE



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 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

29 June 2017



Royal Society of Biology news

Links Day 2017: Jo Johnson stresses Government commitment to science and announces funding for nuclear fusion project
The biggest science policy event in the Parliamentary calendar heard from Jo Johnson MP that the UK Government will continue to underwrite the Joint European Torus (JET) project post Brexit.

Royal Society of Biology Education priorities 2017 - 2022

UKPSF plant science newsletter – June 2017


Top stories

Universities rated in Teaching Excellence Framework
UK university teaching quality recognised for the first time.

Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes

Teaching excellence framework (TEF) results 2017
The results of the 2017 teaching excellence framework in full. Find out which universities were awarded gold, silver or bronze.

TEF results – the chair’s post-match analysis


Health and biomedicine

Cosmetic procedures: ethical issues
There has been increasing demand for invasive cosmetic procedures in the UK, prompting questions about potential risks to users and the lack of regulation and professional standards in this area.

The power of a billion: India's genomics revolution


Food and drink

Food and drink innovation
Funding to support food and drink businesses work with each other to come up with innovative ways to sell their products has been launched by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Growing fruit and veg
Plans to accelerate the growth of Scotland’s fruit and veg sector will be the focus of a new industry group.


Agriculture and fishery

New group to tackle inequality in agriculture
A new group to ensure women are better represented in farming has been announced by the First Minister.


Water and air

Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis
Mayor of London wants urgent meeting with new environment secretary to press for action on toxic air quality.


Environment and ecology

Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF
Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management.


Government and parliament

Meeting Ministers … and more
Reflections from CaSE Chair, Graeme Reid, on a BEIS stakeholder event and the latest high level forum on Science and Brexit.


Exiting the EU

A ‘no deal’ Brexit is damaging for science
In science, an unexpected result is an occasion for questioning your assumptions. When the evidence of an experiment surprises you, or a patient confounds your diagnosis, or a clinical trial finds an unexpected side effect, the right response is never to ignore inconvenient data.

EU fails to agree on agency relocation criteria
EU ministers meeting on 20 June were unable to decide how the London-based EU agencies will be divvied up after Brexit.

Health bodies stand together as Brexit talks begin
Medical research organisations, the NHS, patient groups, public health organisations and the pharmaceutical industry have formed an alliance to guard their shared interests ahead of the formal Brexit negotiations.


Research funding and higher education policy

Moedas: ‘We won’t mess with basic research’
Funding for basic research will not be affected by the dramatic changes planned for the next Framework programme, the research commissioner Carlos Moedas has said.

Nuffield Foundation announces additional £20 million research funding, Fellowship programme, and major data ethics initiative in new five-year strategy


Open access and publication policy

'Exaggerations' threaten public trust in science, says leading statistician
David Spiegelhalter, president of Royal Statistical Society, says sloppy attitude to statistics leads to misleading claims and draws parallels to rise of fake news


Other news

Exploring research career transitions and shaping research culture in the UK
We all have a different idea of what a successful career looks like.



Royal Society of Biology and Biochemical Society Science Policy Officer
Closes 30 June

The BES Women in Ecology Mentoring Scheme
Mentors provide professional support to mentees with everything from a change of career, applying for grants, moving to a lectureship from post-doctoral research or balancing work with family life.
Closes 28 July


Public survey and call for evidence on genome editing
Genome editing may offer benefits to people at risk of passing on some medical conditions by allowing genetic variants that are associated with inherited illness or disease risk to be ‘edited out’. The technique could also be used to target characteristics other than those associated with illness and health. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics would like to hear as wide a range of views as possible on ethical questions about these potential uses of genome editing and how far we, as a society, should go in altering fundamental aspects of human biology.
Closes 30 June

Good practice in research commercialisation: Request for evidence
The HEFCE-universities Knowledge Exchange (KE) Framework Steering Group (Note 1) has asked the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), PraxisUnico and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) (Note 2) to help compile evidence about existing good practice in research commercialisation. This is focused on all forms of research and development partnering and contracting between universities and businesses and other enterprises.  
Closes 4 September

Nagoya Protocol
At the last international meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol decisions were adopted on digital sequence information on genetic resources (these can be found online here: Decision XIII/16
and Decision 2/14). In these decisions Parties to the agreements agreed to consider any potential implications of the use of digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources for the three objectives of the Convention, and for the objective of the Nagoya Protocol, at the next international meeting taking place in November 2018. Ahead of next year’s
meeting Parties, other Governments, indigenous peoples, local communities, relevant organizations and stakeholders are invited to submit views and relevant information
on any potential implications of the use of DSI on genetic resources for the three objectives of the Convention and for the objective of the Nagoya Protocol. Please
policy@rsb.org.uk to have your say.
Deadline for responses to RSB is 3 July

 And finally...

Finland has far fewer wild wolves than previously thought, census shows
Data reveals there are 150 to 180 animals in Finland, where government awards licences to hunt them.

Royal Society of Biology
Science Policy Team
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street

Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Royal Society of Biology.


Image removed by sender.

© Royal Society of Biology 2017. Registered Charity Number: 277981
Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

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.     


           Get Adobe Reader

There are a number of  PDF documents throughout the site. If you do not have an up to date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader please select here to obtain it. 

Online Payment Logos

Whilst the AAB make every effort to keep the information on this website accurate, we disclaim any warranty or representation, express or implied about its accuracy, completeness or appropriateness for a particular purpose. Thus you assume full responsibility for using the information at this Website, and you understand that neither the Association of Applied Biologists, nor its employees and Trustees are responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use. Payment is accepted in Sterling and $ US on the website.

Consider joining the AAB