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Welcome to the Association of Applied Biologists 


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 2015/2016


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




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

15 March 2017



Top story

What Budget 2017 means for universities
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond took to the Commons chamber today to deliver what has been dubbed the last ever Spring Budget.


Health and biomedicine

First results of CRISPR gene editing of normal embryos released
A team in China has corrected genetic mutations in at least some of the cells in three normal human embryos using the CRISPR genome editing technique. The latest study is the first to describe the results of using CRISPR in viable human embryos, New Scientist can reveal.

Synthetic genome nearly complete, paving way for bespoke organisms
Human-designed organisms could produce drugs and vaccines, convert waste into energy or grow organs for human transplant operations.

Reflections on reactions to the Councils report on NIPT


Environment and ecology

Commons Library analysis: Bees and neonicotinoids
This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and a group of insecticides - known as neonicotinoids - which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees.

Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running
Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last years dramatic death rate.

Government and parliament

Letter from Sir Mark Walport to Stephen Metcalfe regarding the Appointment of Deputy GCSA dated 6 March 2017

Letter from Stephen Metcalfe to Ben Gummer regarding evidence-based policymaking in the Cabinet Office dated 6 March 2017

Exiting the EU

Brexit must not jeopardize outward student mobility
Students who work, study or volunteer abroad during their degree are more likely to earn a top tier degree and are less likely to be unemployed after graduation than those who do not.

Revealed: The EU facilities looking to exit UK
UK-based academics leading research infrastructures supported by funding from the European Commission are to begin moving their headquarters to other European Union member states from as early as 2019.


Research funding and higher education policy

Higher Education and Research Bill enters another uncertain week in the Lords
Today [13 March] the Higher Education and Research Bill enters the third day of its Report stage in the House of Lords, and it is in very different shape to this time last week.

Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice
On 8 December 2016 HEFCE, RCUK and the British Academy held the Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice conference. The event was attended by researchers, strategic leaders and policy makers.


Schools education policy

Bringing science to life: the benefits of schools teaming up with researchers
From murder mysteries to DNA, university departments are partnering with teachers to show young students the value of research.

Business and industry

Improvements needed to the commercialisation of university research
Increased investment in Research and Development (R&D) by business is crucial if university research is to be transformed into successful commercial products, the Science and Technology Committee reports today.

Equality, diversity & inclusion

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