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"Biology: Changing the World" wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

“Biology: Changing the World” wins Heritage Lottery Fund support - 12 February 2014. iStock
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News from: Society of Biology

BBSRC is supporting the Society of Biology on an exciting new project.

The Society of Biology has received £69,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Biology: Changing the World, a project inspiring and celebrating great biologists around the UK.

Led by the Society of Biology, in partnership with BBSRC, who are also providing £20,000 of financial support for the project, the project will be supported by regional volunteers and the bioscience community.

The project will celebrate life science research and life scientists; from discoveries that are helping to feed the world, find new sources of fuel or have transformed how we treat disease to scientists that have campaigned to save a species on the brink of extinction. A mobile app and website created to share resources, pre-existing and those produced through the project, will increase dissemination and ensure a wide audience is reached.

Commemorative plaques to mark the home, place of work or school of biologists will extend the reach of the project and create an atmosphere of inspiration.

Engaging seven-to-11-year-olds through a dedicated resource will motivate students to learn about the wonders of biology, and resources for primary school teachers will allow non-science specialists to teach these topics with confidence.

As a single unified voice for biology, the Society of Biology can bring together notable individuals and celebrate their achievements to inspire future generations. The journey of the individual – how they became a biologist and the hurdles they overcame – will inspire and educate students, scientists, teachers and the general public, raising awareness the heritage of biology.

Commenting on the award, Chief Executive of the Society, Dr Mark Downs said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are excited to be able to bring together biologists of the present and past to inspire those of the future. Our network of members and member organisations will be a key part to the success of the project and ensuring the breadth of biology is covered."

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: "This project will raise public awareness of scientists and their discoveries that have quite literally changed the way we look at life and nature. The stories of their determination and achievements will help to inspire young people to learn more about the wonders of biology."

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "The initiative will help the public to explore the many, wide-ranging ways in which Great British bioscience has shaped our understanding of the world we live in, by highlighting the pioneers that have generated social and economic benefits from their excellent research."


About the Society of Biology

The Society of Biology ( is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations.

Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK.

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