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Biology in the Real World

The Nucleus Group, a group of learned societies and similar not for profit organisations which include BBSRC, host a series of talks each year at the Association for Science Education (ASE) conference on 'Biology in the Real World' (BitRW). This session has run for over eight years and is now an established part of the ASE conference programme.


This year the Biology in the Real World theme is 'Voyage of Discovery', to tie-in with the Tim Peake space mission.

We are sponsoring the talk by Professor Stefan Przyborski on Growing Cells in a New Dimension: 3D culture and Beyond.

Professor Przyborski will be taking the audience on a journey, from the research discoveries that produced these novel cell culture systems in the laboratory to their application in zero-g experiments on the International Space Station.


The 2014 Biology in the Real World theme was 'Powering life' and the BBSRC presentation by Dr Angela Murray was on the topic of Waste into Energy.

As well as a fascinating talk Dr Murray delivered two Waste into Energy interactive workshops with her colleagues.


In 2013 the Nucleus Group hosted a series of Biology in the Real World talks on the theme Brilliant Breakthroughs. Mediasite recordings of the presentations are available below.

We sponsored the talk by the 2012 BBSRC Social Innovator of the Year Professor Russell Foster on Light, body clocks and sleep. In conjunction with the talks we ran practical workshops for teachers showcasing a new resource on the topics of vision and the eye at the 'Biology in the Real World' practical drop in (see downloads).

The Nucleus Group is an informal group comprised of scientific educational representatives from research councils, The Wellcome Trust, learned societies and similar not for profit organizations such as Kew, Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries and National Centre for Biotechnology Education etc.

The ASE Annual Conference (see external links), the leading science education CPD event of the year, is open to everyone with an interest in science education - ASE members and non-members. It attracts over 3,000 science educators from all phases of science education who can choose from over 400 talks, workshops, seminars and booked courses over four inspiring days.