About The AAB

​The AAB 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).

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OUR Mission

"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 our 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 provisions of services for members.


Who's Who?


AAB Executive Council Members

Officers of council have been elected to administer the efficient running of the association. They adhere to working rules with each of the council members having specific roles. Those roles are also shown by task area.


Christine Foyer BSc, PhD


School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.

Telephone:  01133 431421


Nigel Halford

BSc, PhD

Honorary Treasurer

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ.

Tel: 01582 763133


Roy Kennedy

BSc, PhD

Publication Officer

Warwickshire College, Pershore College, Avon Bank, Pershore, Warwickshire, UK
Telephone: 0300 456 0047


Matthew Back

BSc, PhD

Programme Secretary

Crop and Environment Research Centre, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB. 
Tel: 01952 815361


Mike Gooding

BSc, PhD

President Elect

AAB Office, Warwick Enterprise Park,

Wellesbourne CV35 9EF, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)2476 999486.

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Guy Barker

BSc, PhD

General Secretary

School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Telephone: 02476575135

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Richard Glass

BSc, PgDip

Conferences Treasurer

Crop Health & Protection (CHAP).

​York Biotech Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

Email: richard.glass@chap-solutions.co.uk

Mobile: 07866 799160

Philippa Borrill


Early Career Scientist Champion

School of Biosciences University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT
Telephone: 0121 414 5567

AAB Specialist Groups

The Specialist Groups are the lifeblood of the Society. The majority of our events are

generated from their areas of interest and the activities of their members.

Each group is led by a Convener and includes members selected from across

academic, government and industry.


If you would like to be connected with a Specialist Group Convener please contact the AAB Office


Applied Mycology And Bacteriology

The Applied Mycology and Bacteriology Group has a broad range of interests and specialisms relating to the interaction of microorganisms and plants and their effects on crop production.

Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management

Biological control and integrated pest management aims to minimise crop damage and control unwanted organisms by using naturally occurring predators, parasites and diseases.

Cropping And The Environment

The Group aims to develop a range of innovative meetings and events tackling key topical and strategic issues in the areas of crops and cropping systems; weed, vegetation and nutrient management and wider agri-environment issues. 

Food Systems

The Food Systems Group was formed at the 2008 AGM.

Application of biology is integral to the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding our population. 


The Nematology Group was established in 1973 when the main topics of interest were the biology and control of plant parasitic nematodes.

Pesticide Application

The Pesticide Application group was established in 1980 and is concerned with the many aspects of biological, chemical and physical interactions of application technology.

Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement

The Group is concerned with how environmental and genetic factors affect the physiology of crops and thus their yield and quality.

Soil Biology

The soil biology special interest group was formed in 2017 to bring together soil scientists, entomologists, microbiologists, ecologists, taxonomists, naturalists, farmers, agronomists, conservationists and others with an interest in understanding the ecology, diversity and function of soils.


The main aim of this group is to promote plant virology as a subject in the UK as well as overseas through innovative outreaching activities such as organising conferences and workshops and bringing people together for discussions and meetings on recent developments in plant virology.

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Laws of The Association

Extracts from the Laws of the Association of Applied Biologists

1. Name:

The association shall be called 'The Association Of Applied Biologists'

2. Objects:

The objects of the association shall be 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 the earth's environment.

6. Membership:

6.1 - Membership of the association is open to anyone with an interest of applied biology. 

6.2 - An application for membership, presented on the appropriate application form, shall be considered by the trustees normally at the next council meeting. 

9. Annual Subscriptions:

9.1 - The subscription year shall be each calendar year beginning 1st January.

10. Specialists Groups:

10.1 - All members of the association shall be invited to register as members of one or more groups, which act as a focal point for disciplines or specialists interests within the association. These groups shall be known as specialist groups. 


If you would like to download a copy of the AAB Laws, please click on the link below


AAB Corporate Social Responsibility

The Association of Applied Biologists recognises the global challenges facing us all, many of which are biological in nature. Our key contribution is to encourage activity in key research and development areas and to disseminate the underlying knowledge needed for a sustainable future. Nevertheless we recognise the importance of evaluating all our activities to ensure that we act sustainably and with social responsibility, although these matters are not always under our control. Our approach is not to direct activities, as it is often difficult to ascertain the full consequences of an action, but to create the conditions in which the activities of members and staff are socially responsible and sustainable.  


The Association will: 

1) Support staff and volunteers in ways that promote and sustain a positive, productive and safe working environment. 

2) Minimise waste and reduce its carbon footprint.

3) Consider the direct and indirect environmental impact of its purchases and reduce these where possible.


Face to face meetings are often very productive and will inevitably remain an important aspect of our management and conference activities. However, consideration will be given to how the total carbon footprint of conference delegates can be minimised by, for example, choosing conference venues that are accessible by public transport. Priority will be given to actions that minimise waste, adverse impact and cost. The Association will continue to investigate ways in which new ways of electronic communication can be used to minimise travel.

These purchases include office equipment such as computers and printers. The environmental impact of conference venues will be considered although it is recognised that the major impact is likely to be through the travel of delegates. It is considered inappropriate to impose a rigid catering policy. Nevertheless, where possible, caterers will be encouraged to use locally and sustainably produced, or Fair Trade food. Where appropriate, the food chosen should be considered in relation to the topic of the conference.


Please consider donating money to the AAB by 


AAB Corporate Social Responsibility

Annual Reports


Here is a list of the AAB's annual reports below to view or print (excluding new members elected).

Click on the Annual Report to view. 

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2011 

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2009


AAB Privacy Policy


If you would like to view the Association of Applied Biologists Privacy Policy please feel free to do so by clicking here.

Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) policy and procedures can be viewed by clicking here. Requests must be made in writing, Please note that the form provided here can be used but not mandatory.


For any queries please contact the AAB Office using the details below.