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Welcome to the regional pages for Scotland. Full details of national and local events are available on our events pages.


Upcoming branch events


Thursday 27 May 2021

Royal Society of Biology Annual Teachers' Meeting

A one day conference aimed at biology teachers from across Scotland.

Visit the reports section to find out about past events the branch have run.

External events of interest

Biology in Scotland Events: Links to organisations that run local events

Our members

Visit our branch map and branch demographics to see the numbers and locations of our members (Dated January 2020).


Chair: Professor Kevin O'Dell FRSB
Depute Chair (Policy): Dr Nicola Marchant FRSB
Depute Chair (Outreach): Dr Jacqueline Nairn CBiol FRSB
Treasurer: Dr Russ Clare CBiol MRSB
Secretary: Dr Andrew Spiers FRSB

Members: Caroline Baker CBiol MRSB, Janice Barr MRSB, Professor David Burt FRSB, Professor David Coates FRSB (Co-opted), Professor John Coggins FRSB, Dr Joe Gray FRSB, Professor Jack Jackson OBE CBiol FRSB, Dr Liz Lakin CBiol FRSB, Dr Alistair MacPherson CBiol MRSB, Dr Eva Malone MRSB, Jade Middlemiss (student member), Dr Chas Nelson MRSB, Professor Alyson Tobin FRSB

Download minutes of the AGM held on 13th October 2018.

Contact details

Please get in touch by emailing us at

Scotland annual events

The annual conference for teachers is in its 20th year. Such is the size and popularity of the meeting, it is now organised with the assistance of an independent events company.

Our AGM and symposium in Ocotber includes presentations from Scotland's notable biologists.

The annual Peter Wilson memorial lecture, run in collaboration with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research, is held at the RSE building in central Edinburgh in February, and, with its environmental remit, honours a former Institute of Biology Vice President.

Other meetings - public fora, members symposia, careers events, and public lectures - are organised from time to time.

Scotland education work

Education in Scotland is a devolved power, and the RSB's education policy team and the RSBS is keen to support and encourage the study of biology at schools, colleges and universities.

Scotland policy work

Find out what policy work we are doing over on the regional policy page.

The Royal Society of Biology Scotland branch is working to create a network of Scottish members with interests, either professional or personal, in Scottish policy and education.

The aim of this network is to support the RSB in providing evidence-led responses to Scottish and UK Government calls for consultations on a wide range of biology-related policies. To join the Scotland policy and education network, please contact Harriet McAra at

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