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Society of Biology member reaches final of global teacher competition

13 February 2015

Dr Richard Spencer CBiol MSB, is one of ten finalists in a global competition to find the world's best teacher.

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HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Shortlist Announced

11 February 2015

The Society of Biology is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.

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Professional body for teachers receives support

05 February 2015

The Society of Biology as a member of SCORE (Science Community Representing Education) has responded positively to a proposal to create a new independent professional body for teachers.

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Survey reveals vulnerable skills in the biosciences

04 February 2015

Several skills and capabilities in the biosciences were highlighted as vulnerable in a reportreleased yesterday by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Creationism in Scotland’s schools: petition makes progress

04 February 2015

This week the Scottish Parliament Petitions Committee (PPC) advised the Education and Culture committee to consider the Scottish Secular Society’s petition on the teaching of creationism in Scottish schools. This follows the Society of Biology's letter to the PPC in support of the proposal to offer Scottish schools guidance on the teaching of evolution and creationism in the science curriculum.

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Society supports vote to introduce mitochondrial DNA transfer

03 February 2015

MPs have voted in favour of mitochondrial DNA transfer, an IVF technique that prevents deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. The Society of Biology supports the introduction of regulations which will facilitate treatment while carefully monitoring outcomes.

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School Biology Teacher of the Year Shortlist Announced

03 February 2015

The Society of Biology is pleased to announce the three teachers shortlisted for the 2015School Biology Teacher of the Year Award. The award seeks to identify and to recognise the very best and most inspiring biology teachers in 11-18 education in the UK.

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Natural Capital Initiative urges Government act now to reverse decline in natural capital

28 January 2015

The Natural Capital Initiative, welcomes the NCC report, which emphasises the need for collaborative working in order to reverse the decline of natural capital, but reiterates that bold action from Government is urgently needed.

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New survey for bioscience researchers

14 January 2015

Changes to academic publishing policy and the renewed focus on the impact of research is changing the way biologists disseminate their research findings.

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EU gives governments more flexibility on GM crops

14 January 2015

The EU has given member states the option to ban cultivation of GMOs that have been recommended as safe to grow by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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