10 Year Anniversary
October 2019 to September 2020 is a milestone year for the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) as we mark our 10th anniversary and 40 years of being granted a Royal Charter.
The Society of Biology formed in 2009 from the merger of the Biosciences Federation (2002-2009) and the Institute of Biology (1950-2009) which was granted a Royal Charter in 1979.
We were granted the Royal title in May 2015 building on our mission to be the single unified voice for biology.
Throughout this celebratory year, we will inspire, support and influence biology and biologists, and evolve as an organisation with lasting impact.
Our Biology Changing the World themed suite of new events and initiatives will encompass all areas of our work, to highlight our achievements and the accomplishments of the biosciences over the past decade.
Our activities will contribute to our vision of a world that understands the true value of biology and how it can contribute to improving life for all:
We inspire interest in the biosciences and the natural world by communicating the true value of biology and inspiring the next generation of bioscientists
Pioneers of Biology Talk Series – the installation of six commemorative blue plaques around the UK honouring biological pioneers chosen by our branch committees, alongside a topical talk and networking reception
Big Biology Day Grant – a new grant offering £500 for members to run a Big Biology Day science outreach event in their local area during the anniversary year. These science festivals engage the public and families with hands on activities, crafts and displays all inspired by the life sciences
We will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our membership and the biosciences, to support growth in the sector
Anniversary Gala Dinner – the pinnacle event of the year’s celebrations at the Science Museum in London to mark 10 years since the launch of the RSB. The celebratory, three-course dinner and drinks reception will celebrate the biosciences and the RSB with a special guest Sir David Attenborough FRS Hon FRSB who will also be presented with our first Lifetime Achievement Award.
Our Impact - monthly infographics to showcase the RSB's breadth of impact and reach over the last decade in all aspects of our work
Our unified voice secures positive outcomes for the bioscience community by influencing science policy, education, and the perception of the biosciences
Policy infographics (coming soon) – key science and education policy responses will be released as visual infographics to encourage involvement and understanding of our important policy work thus increasing our ability to make a positive impact for biology and bioscientists
We support and develop a skilled workforce of biologists throughout their careers to advance the biological sciences
Careers Q&A sessions - to support young and early career bioscientists with their career choices, highlighting the wealth of advice and guidance available through the RSB and our wider network
Registers timeline (coming soon) – a visual timeline of our professional registers will demonstrate the RSB's growth in this area and our support for continuing professional development
Get involved and keep an eye on this page for the latest anniversary news on events and activities!