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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 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

16 August 2017



Health and biomedicine

‘Alarming’ rise in early deaths of young adults in the north of England – study
Finding highlights the need for increased investment in the north, warn experts, as research into mortality rate reveals the widening north-south divide

Environment and ecology

UK named as world's largest legal ivory exporter
A new trade analysis reveals the scale of Britain’s role in the international ivory trade.

New policies needed to stop invasive plants jumping the garden fence
Gardening brings pleasure to millions of citizens, has well-recognised health benefits and contributes significantly to the retail economy. However, some of our most invasive alien plant species worldwide have jumped the garden fence to now threaten native biodiversity.

Climate and energy

'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

Exiting the EU

Brexit relocation of EU medicines regulator 'will hit UK researchers hard'  
Amsterdam says in its bid to house the EMA that two of Britain’s top research agencies would lose much of their business

Brexit: Scientist behind one of the century's most important discoveries set to leave UK over EU exit
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Andre Geim considers taking research elsewhere as international student applications plummet

Research funding and higher education policy

NERC discards two topics for large-scale funding
The Natural Environment Research Council has decided against offering £20 million for programmes on improving the resilience of UK peatland and designing future landscapes.

UK's bioscience base receives £16.6 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investment
BBSRC has received an additional £16.6 million from the government’s flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to develop new agricultural technologies and industrial bioprocesses to underpin a more successful bioeconomy.

Schools education policy

Science should be taught like art or music: grab a test tube and have a go
Science is not just for boffins. If we can get our minds around football statistics, we can handle scientific enquiry – starting in primary school

Equality and diversity

The human cost of the pressures of postdoctoral research
A paper on conformal algebra has recently caused a stir on social media. Not because of the science, but rather the heartfelt plea in the acknowledgements

A real step change for fair access
It won’t have escaped your notice that there will be a new regulator in higher education from next April, or that one of the roles the Office for Students will assume will be regulating fair access to higher education in England.

International news

Ecologists protest Australia’s plans to cut funding for environment-monitoring network
Scientists say the move will reduce the country’s capacity to predict future ecosystem changes.

Scientist steps down from South Korea government position over criticism of her role in stem cell scandal

Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics
Funding trouble at flagship research centre reflects a broader malaise in the country’s scientific priorities that must be addressed.


Professor Sir Michael will return as Chair for a second term
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announced the re-appointment of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins as its Chair yesterday for a further 3 years.


UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund joint call on pulses and oilseeds
Call status: Open
Application deadline: 24 October 2017, 16:00 BST/15:00 GMT

Reducing the use of animals in research: apply for SBRI funding
Up to £2.7 million is available to UK SMEs across 3 challenges to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals.


The economics of higher education, further education and vocational training - Lords Committee inquiry
The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy is ongoing. The RSB response to this consultation is currently in draft. Comments related to the consultation are welcomed from RSB members- please contact policy@rsb.org.uk.
Closes 14 September 2017

The future of UK Life Sciences - Lords Committee inquiry
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy is ongoing. The RSB response to this consultation is currently in draft. Comments related to the consultation are welcomed from RSB members- please contact policy@rsb.org.uk.
Closes 15 September 2017

Managing common infections: guidance for primary care
Public Health England has launched this open consultation, which seeks views on updated antibiotic guidance for primary care on the management and treatment of common infections.
Closes 11:45 on 21 August 2017

Call for evidence and briefing note: EEA-workers in the UK labour market
The Migration Advisory Committee has launched an open contultation on the economic and social impact of the UK's exit from the EU.
Closes 11:59 on 27 October 2017

 And finally...

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters


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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.     


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