Outreach and Engagement
The Royal Society of Biology takes hands-on biology to events across the UK to reach as broad an audience as possible and inspire people to appreciate the life sciences.
We work with our Public Engagement Working Group to ensure the biosciences are well-represented at the major UK science festivals including The Big Bang Fair, Brighton Science Festival and The Cheltenham Science Festival.
We also seek out opportunities to bring biology activities to new audiences such as cultural events and even festivals abroad – in 2014 we took DNA-themed drop-in activities and workshops to the British Council's Science Alive Festival in Hong Kong and in 2015 we ran wildlife-themed activities for families at Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
Supporting biologists to deliver public engagement
We like to involve researchers, professional biologists and students in delivery of public engagement activities as much as possible; we have activity resources available to borrow and download for those wishing to try out public engagement and are happy to provide advice and other support. If you are a member you can apply for funding through our regional grant scheme to support these activities. You can subscribe to our Volunteering Opportunities email to be notified of upcoming public engagement and outreach opportunities.
Now in its 7th year, Biology Week encourages everyone to get involved with biology events, lectures, debates and projects across the UK and beyond. Share your passion for finding out about the world around you and encourage others to do the same. Our free event resources and school resources can help you run your own Biology Week events.
Hands-on biology for schools
Our free activity resources and our 21st Century BioChallenges kits are also suitable to use in schools and there are lots of ideas on the Biology Week in schools page. We offer simple hands-on science to schools via Gopher Science Labs resources.