SEB Seville 2019


The following SEB+ education sessions will take place at SEB Seville 2019.


SCIENCE WITH IMPACT - Enhancing the student experience: The Why and How of Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students

DATE: 2 JULY 2019

The annual Science with Impact session is chosen to address a topic that crosses disciplines and has relevance to both scientists and the public.

This session will consist of 3 short talks followed by a panel discussion. 

  • Christopher Willmott (University of Leicester, UK)
  • John Bryant (University of Exeter, UK)

Bioimaging as a means for discovery and learning

Date: 3 July 2019


Researchers with interest in the following areas: Educators, experimental biologists (plant and animal), technologists

  • Oliver Tills (University of Plymouth, UK)
  • George Littlejohn (University of Plymouth, UK)
  • Gail McConnell (University of Strathclyde, UK) - The Mesolens: a new tool for 3D optical imaging of large biological specimens with sub-cellular resolution throughout 
  • Darren Wells (University of Nottingham,UK) - Using tomography to explore the hidden half of plants

This session will focus on the use of bioimaging for discovery and learning in experimental biology. It will explore the novel application of bioimaging technologies in teaching and learning and will showcase examples of how technological innovation in the area of bioimaging is being used to facilitate new approaches to education. These advances are offering exciting opportunities to use image datasets for the discovery and learning of biological patterns and processes, but the technical and pedagogic challenges remain largely unexplored. This session seeks to draw members from different sections of SEB, to share ideas and discuss commonalities in the approaches adopted and challenges that are faced.  

  • Functional micro- and nano- structures in biology
  • Threatened plants and animals - can understanding physiology inform conservation strategies
  • Host-microbiota interactions across animal and plant kingdoms 
  • Tip growth in plant biology
  • Computation in biological systems
  • Redox regulation in chloroplasts
  • Stomatal and photosynthetic regulation of water use efficiency
  • Algal model systems on the rise: understanding and exploiting the algae to land plant transition (Plant satellite)

Integrating employability and communication skills in biology education

Date: 2 July 2019

Who should submit:

Researchers with interest in the following areas:

  • Anyone who teaches biology at university, including academics, tutors and laboratory demonstrators
  • PhD students and postdocs wanting to improve their employability
  • Biology researchers interested in developing their own communication skills or those of their students
  • Science education researchers and biologists interested in communication skills, employability and work integrated learning
  • Louise Kuchel (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Aysha Divan (University of Leeds, UK) - Training the next generation of scientists: work-based literacies - a UK perspective 
  • Sarah Blackford (Lancaster University, UK) - PhD Career Choice Indicator – a tool for linking PhD skills with potential future careers
  • Tzipora Rakedzon (Technion, Israel) - Communication is the key: Assessing and teaching advanced science writing in English as a second language for STEM graduate students 
  • Louise Kuchel (University of Queensland, Australia) - Every employer demands quality communication skills: how do and should we teach it in science?

Join researchers and practitioners to learn the latest practical strategies for improving your own employability and communication skills, and to improve those of the students you teach. The tips, tools and research discussed will be useful for PhD students and academics alike, and for biologists involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Related sessions:
  • Animal biology
  • Plant biology
  • Cell biology
  • Science across boundaries

Workshop - Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students: Teasing out the Issues

Date: 4 & 5 July 2019

  • Christopher Willmott (University of Leicester, UK)
  • John Bryant (University of Exeter, UK)

In this interactive 'brains-on' session we explore the ways in which we help students to identify and analyse the issues in bioethics news stories.