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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!




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


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

7 September 2017



Top stories

Close research links with EU 'negotiable' post-Brexit

Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper
This paper outlines the UK’s objectives for an ambitious science and innovation agreement with the EU. It sets out examples of where the UK sees potential mutual benefit in a close working relationship, exploring precedents for each. The paper invites discussion with the EU on how best to shape our future partnership in this area.

Health and biomedicine

UK needs to act urgently to secure NHS data for British public, report warns
Algorithms based on NHS records could seed an ‘entirely new industry’ in AI-based diagnostics and mint billions for tech companies, strategic review reveals

Wellcome joins £52 million global drive on antibiotic resistance

Agriculture and fishery

Call for marine funding certainty
Scottish Government seeks answers on future fisheries and aquaculture investment.

Environment and ecology

Farming groups given £1.7 million to boost the environment
A fund opens on 1 September for groups of farmers and organisations to bid for cash for large scale environmental projects in their area.

Water and air

What does Brexit mean for the UK’s beaches?

Climate and energy

UK leads the world in new agreement to tackle global warming
The UK has become one of the first nations to commit to a landmark agreement to reduce emissions from appliances that play a major role in preventing global warming.


Minister questioned on food waste
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee resumes its final evidence session looking at the issue of food waste in England.

Research funding and higher education policy

Students are not an immigration problem
Responding to Home Office announcements on student immigration CaSE says Government must lead the way on use of evidence.

Diversity and inclusion

How can UK science raise the bar for diversity and inclusion?
A new network for equality, diversity and inclusion in research will challenge the UK scientific community to take these priorities more seriously

Public engagement

UK science centres get £13 million for public engagement
Wellcome is giving £13 million in funding to five science centres around the UK to encourage new and different ideas that will help to make science more accessible.

International news

US energy agency asked scientists to scrub references to climate change
Researchers were told to censor descriptions of projects funded by a Department of Energy laboratory.


Appointments to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food
The Food Standards Agency Chairman, Heather Hancock has announced the appointment of Dr Gauri Godbole and Mrs Ann Williams to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF). The ACMSF provides the Agency with independent advice on the microbiological safety of food.


Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for sub-panel chairs
The UK’s higher education funding bodies are seeking research experts from diverse backgrounds to serve as sub-panel chairs in the second Research Excellence Framework.

Focus on a feel-good autumn with the Forestry Commission
Forestry Commission England is giving a fresh focus to ‘forest bathing’ through a new partnership with mental health charity Mind.


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

Open consultation: 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 2017

BBSRC: Invitation to comment - strategy for UK biotechnology and biological sciences
BBSRC is inviting comment on the future strategy for UK biotechnology and biological sciences.


Genome editing: Where do we draw the line?
9 October: A Biology Week debate at the Royal Institution on the science and ethics of genome editing by a panel of leading geneticists.

Science & Stormont 2017: Skills for Science and Innovation
9 October: Scientific presentations to develop closer links between the scientific community in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive.

A meeting of minds: the biology of mental health
10 October: Free Policy Lates event discussing what biology can tell us about mental health and wellbeing, and how it can inform policy making.

Early Career Researcher workshop on diagnostics for Antimicrobial Resistance
20 November: A Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance workshop for early career researchers.

 And finally...

Bacterial 'aphrodisiac' sends single-celled organism into mating frenzy
Researchers surprised to observe bacterial protein triggering a switch from asexual to sexual behaviour.


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