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The Royal Society of Biology and ITN Productions partnered again in 2020, producing another film this time looking at how the bioscience sector is working to improve the future.

This year’s programme follows the 2019 production Biology Impacting Lives, in partnership with seven other bioscience partners, and the 2018 production Addressing Global Challenges, which featured 17 institutions, organisations and businesses working across the biosciences.

Anchored by ITN Productions Industry News presenter Samantha Simmonds, ‘Biology for the Future’ reveals the key challenges facing the global community; how developing technologies and emerging talent with game changing initiatives have come together to enhance understanding of bioscience and to challenge the issues that threaten the future of our planet.

Biology for the Future’ features films from bioscience organisations including EUMESTAT, Humanimal Trust, Imperial College London, NuCana, ONI and RevoluGen, on the latest developments across a number of areas including weather forecasting, cancer treatments, and genomic sequencing.

Bioscience technologies help improve nearly every aspect of everyday life, and emerging areas will be crucial for solving outstanding crises and emergencies. From agritech that puts food on our table to medicines and modelling used to tackle pandemics, this film will look to highlight and celebrate the biosciences that could usher us into a better and brighter future.

The bespoke programme was launched during Biology Week 2020, and combines interviews, special reports and editorial profiles on key themes across industry and the academic sector of the biosciences, including how the coronavirus pandemic has caused a shift in the work researchers are doing to find out more about the virus and how to tackle it.

The programme includes an interview with chief executive Dr Mark Downs CSci FRSB, where he identifies the most pressing global challenges to include climate change, ecological management and biodiversity, the continuing battle against antimicrobial resistance and the burden of infectious diseases.

You can watch the film in full on the RSB's YouTube Channel.