Latest articles

 

TN
Seeds for the future
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

As the proverb says “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today”. The same goes for the food crops that need to feed our growing population. Until now, food security has tended to focus on the mature plant and its yield, however we are now beginning to understand the critical influence of the events preceding and during germination. Seeds may be tiny, but they are complex worlds of development and change. During the session ‘Seed Biology – From Laboratory to Field’ at the SEB Annual Meeting in Brighton, we heard from the pioneers of this field, and how they hope to unlock the potential of seeds to sow the harvests of the future.

TN
In conversation with Peter Aerts
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

By his own admission, Peter Aerts, professor of Biology at the University of Antwerp, is a self-made biomechanicist. “Simple is beautiful,” he says. “If you can reduce the complex to the essentials then you can start to answer the basic questions and address the fundamental principles.”

TN
Enhancing Biology Education – we know how!
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Although the SEB is an organisation dedicated to bioscience research, it can sometimes be overlooked that the majority of our members are also teachers, to a greater or lesser extent. Innovative teaching methods and incentivising students is at the core of education and SEB+ has been making great strides in recent years to support the academic bioscience community in this. During the one-day session ‘Enhancing Biology Education’ at SEB Brighton, we heard from a range of speakers who have developed creative ways to support student learning in the Biosciences.

TN
Major challenges for minority opportunities
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Once known as the Women in Science dinner, the SEB’s newly rebranded Diversity Dinner was held in Brighton during the Annual Meeting this year. As our guest speaker for the evening, Professor David Asai, who is director of the undergraduate science education programme at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), USA, revealed his inspiring ideas for helping science and academia become more inclusive for minorities.