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Ten biologists have received travel grants from the Royal Society of Biology to help support them in overseas research projects and attend conferences abroad.

The £500 grants, available every year to students and early career researchers, are used to cover costs of overseas travel in connection with biological study, teaching or research.

This year’s recipients will be using their funding to travel to Australia, Peru and South Africa amongst other locations to attend conferences and carry out fieldwork.  

Rebecca Nicholls from the University of Nottingham will be using the grant to travel to Canada to work with wolves.


Rebecca will be traveling to Canada to work with wolves (Photo credit: PxHere)


Rebecca said she was delighted to receive her grant: ““I was delighted to hear that I will be receiving one of the 2018 travel grants; it will help me cover my travel and accommodation costs for my work experience with wolves in Canada this summer.

"I am greatly looking forward to my travels as working with wolves has been a dream of mine since starting university; however, the practicalities of staying on the other side of the globe for 9 weeks without anyone I know is rather daunting.

"I am excited to see how I will rise to the challenge.”

Muqdad Hmoud from Keele University will be using his grant to support travel to Spain to present at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Mugdad said that he was very grateful to receive such support: “This support will enable me to communicate my research with other researchers and help me as a PhD researcher to know more about my field of study as I'm studying malaria disease.”

Alex Berryman from the University of East Anglia will be using his grant to travel to Taricaya Ecological Reserve, Peru for a project on monitoring biodiversity in tropical ecosystems.


Taricaya Ecological Reserve (photo credit: projects-abroad)


Said Alex: “I am immensely grateful to the Royal Society of Biology for this travel grant.

“Almost all of the logistics for the trip are now in place, and I'm excited to get out there and explore one of the most biodiverse regions on earth."

Rhoda Olubunmi Aminu from the University of Glasgow will be using the funding to attend the 5th International One Health Congress.

Rhoda said they were elated to be receiving the grant, which is allowing them to attend their first every international conference. “My PhD focus on improving surveillance of endemic anthrax - a neglected zoonotic disease - in livestock-dependent communities in Africa.

“I look forward to sharing my research findings, engaging and networking with the international scientific community, and gaining relevant skills to advance my career.”


El Porrón observatory, the Doñana National Park, Seville (photo credit: Wikipedia)


William Mills from the University of Exeter and British Antarctic Survey is planning to travel to Spain to study seabird community structure. Said William: 'I am extremely grateful to the Royal Society of Biology for awarding me a travel grant.

“The funding will allow me to visit the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, where I will continue my research into how seabird communities respond to environmental change.”

Stevie Bain from the University of Edinburgh will be traveling to Japan to present at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution 2018.

Stevie said he was delighted to receive the financial support. "As well as presenting my research, I will have the chance to network with experts in my field and build international scientific collaborations.

“I am very grateful to RSB for this opportunity."

Emma John, from the University of Sheffield, will be travelling to Canada to present at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2018.

Emma said of receiving the grant: "WCMB is the biggest conference I will have attended and I’m looking forward to be being able to share and get feedback on my research and network with the international marine science community."

Others receiving travel grants include Corinne Arnold from the John Innes Centre, whose grant will support travel to Kruger National Park, South Africa to present her work at The International Cereal Rust and Powdery Mildew Conference 2018.

Emeline Favreau from Queen Mary University of London, will be traveling to Brazil to present at the 18th International Meeting of Social Insect Research. Emeline said she was "delighted" to receive the award.

Vera Unwin from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will be traveling to Australia to present at the 1st Malaria World Congress.