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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

18 October 2017



Royal Society of Biology news

Mental health and wellbeing in the spotlight for Biology Week Policy Lates event
The RSB’s Policy Lates series returned this week with a discussion on the biology of mental health and wellbeing, as part of Biology Week 2017.

MPs, Member Organisations and RSB members come together to celebrate Biology Week 2017
The sixth annual Biology Week Parliamentary Reception took place on Wednesday, hosted by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Stephen Metcalfe MP, Carol Monaghan MP and Chi Onwurah MP.

Outstanding science communication and photography celebrated at the RSB Annual Awards 2017
Members and supporters of the Royal Society of Biology last week celebrated the winners of the annual Photography Competition and Science Communication Awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony in London

Ask a Biologist at New Scientist Live 2017
Members and Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology delivered hands-on public engagement as part of the RSB's 'Ask a Biologist' exhibition activity at New Scientist Live 2017, with thousands of members of the public visiting the stand over the four day event. Watch What can lakes teach us about climate change? with Dr Evelyn Keaveney and find out Why should I care about antibiotic resistance? with Rachel Rowe. To watch more use the link here

Health and biomedicine

New Commission study fuels generic drugs industry ‘manufacturing dispute’
The European Commission launched on Thursday (12 October) a public consultation on supplementary protection certificates for pharmaceutical products and the so-called Bolar patent research exemption

Global Health must survive political upheaval: Dr Jeremy Farrar delivers MHRA annual lecture
Dr Jeremy Farrar OBE, Director of the Wellcome Trust delivered the 12th Annual Lecture organised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in London tonight

Global pledges to speed action on superbugs
Wellcome is investing £2.4 million in a new project to track the global impact of superbugs as part of our ongoing efforts to help address this urgent global health threat

Food and drink

Welsh food companies to develop new innovative products to help tackle childhood obesity
A project to tackle childhood obesity has awarded funding to four Welsh companies to develop innovative, healthy and affordable Food and Drink solutions.

Will a sugar tax work? Well it did at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants
Researchers say the chef's 10p levy on sugary drinks led to a significant drop in sales - boding well for the government's sugar tax plan

Environment and ecology

A new era for marine science: Green light for new Cefas headquarters in Lowestoft
A new era of marine science is set to become a reality, with planning permission granted to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to redevelop its headquarters site in Lowestoft.

Asian hornet outbreak contained in Devon
An Asian hornet nest has been destroyed in the Woolacombe area and no further live Asian hornets have been sighted.

Brown trout return to Newcastle-under-Lyme
The Environment Agency has revealed that brown trout, which haven’t been seen in the Lyme Brook for many years, have returned to Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Water and air

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

London's Toxicity Charge starts next week

Climate and energy

Government reaffirms commitment to lead the world in cost-effective clean growth
The Clean Growth Strategy sets out an ambitious blueprint for Britain’s low carbon future.

Government and parliament

How will the life sciences strategy affect businesses?
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues taking evidence for its inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy

Letter from Robin Walker to Norman Lamb regarding the Work of Science Minister, 12 October 2017

Letter from the Chair to Grantham Institute on climate change research, 10 October 2017
The Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Norman Lamb, writes to the Grantham Institue on Climate Change

Exiting the EU

European drug regulation at risk of stalling as agency plans to leave London
Post-Brexit plans to relocate the European Medicines Agency could trigger severe staff losses, its head has warned   

UK Scientists are struggling after Brexit Vote
Henry Lovett, Policy and Public Affairs Officer at The Physiological Society, reflects on the impacts that Brexit is already having on UK science.

Research funding and higher education policy

Universities and Science Minister calls on universities to do more to commercialise UK research and innovation
Jo Johnson calls on universities to strengthen links with businesses and local economies’

Analysis shows value of innovative development projects in higher education
A review of a HEFCE programme which funds development projects in the higher education sector has found significant benefits for students, the economy and society, with funding expected to return up to £12 in value for every pound invested.

UK ranks above the world average for quality of research and remains a strong partner for international research collaboration and mobility
New report measures UK’s research performance (2010-2014) against nations including France, Germany, US, and China

Equality and diversity

Can mentoring help black students choose STEMM? 


Ethical challenges in bioscience and health policy for the UK Parliament

International News

German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

FDA advisers back gene therapy for rare form of blindness
Therapy that targets disease-causing mutations could be the first of it's kind approved for use in the United States


HE Bioscience Technician of the Year Award
The award, developed jointly by the RSB and the University Bioscience Managers Association (UBMA), seeks to recognise the superb work of bioscience technical staff. It is open to all technical staff working in the HE bioscience sector in the UK and Ireland.

RSB Presentation Skills Course
25 October (afternoon course)                               
This beginner level course covers personal presentation and body language; structuring your presentation; uses and abuses of visual aids; and meeting the needs of your audience. Course tutor Sue Smith is professor in medical education and director of teaching at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.   

RSB Unconscious Bias Course
08 November 2017 (morning course)
This half-day awareness building course aims to educate staff and managers so that they can lead by example in the quest to change mind-sets and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Course tutor Sally Baker is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute Personnel Managers & Developers (CIPD) and is a proven inclusion,equality and diversity specialist, as well as HR generalist with over 18 years’ experience.                

RSB Media Skills for Scientists Course
5 December 2017 (full day course)
This course will cover how to think like a journalist, deal with media requests and simplify your messaging. You will also learn about your rights as a source and how to deal with live interviews on TV or radio. Tutor Lou Del Bello is a multimedia journalist specialising in environment, climate change and development issues. She has a strong track record of devising successful editorial strategies for digital platforms through video, audio and interactive formats. She's also an accomplished writer with an extensive portfolio published on major outlets such as The Guardian and the New Scientist.  
Registration Deadline: 5th of November 2017

Vacany: Higher Education Policy Analyst or Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.


Algorithms in decision-making inquiry
Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the increasing use of algorithms in public and business decision making.
Closes 20 October 2017

Brexit – medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin inquiry
Health Committee inquiry into arrangements post-Brexit to guarantee supply of medicines, devices, and products
Closes 26 October

Call for evidence and briefing note: EEA-workers in the UK labour market
In response to this consultation, RSB are looking to collate evidence from our members, in the form of career experience case studies. For further information please contact policy@rsb.org.uk
Closes 27 October


AMR Market Lounge 2 - Wellcome Collection London
15 November: Half Day Workshop

UK Science Festivals Network Conference
9 November: A new conference for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities

Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance
20 November: An interd

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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