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The latest news from the Biochemical Society


   Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Biochemical Society Annual General Meeting will take place on 1 December at Charles Darwin House, London, WC1N 2JU. Agenda and Annexes for the 104th Annual General Meeting available for download here

  Teacher placement schemes launch

The Teacher Industry Partners’ Scheme (TIPS) and Teacher Academic Partner’s Scheme (TAPS) provide a unique opportunity for secondary and post-16 science teachers to extend their knowledge and understanding of the skills required in biochemistry, and the career paths available to bioscience students.

   Eisenthal Prize Winner Announced

Yoana Petrova (University of Bath) has been awarded the 2015 Eisenthal Prize. The Biochemical Society awards a prize of £500 to the top ranked student applicant on completion of their Summer Vacation Studentship and the submission of their report.

   Scientific Outreach Grant winners announced

The Biochemical Society offers Scientific Outreach Grants of up to £1000 to support outreach activities that promote the excitement of the molecular biosciences. 

   Diversity in Science Grants winners announced

The Biochemical Society is committed to fostering diversity and equal opportunities for entry and progression in the molecular biosciences. To support individuals, groups, charities and address issues relating to diversity in science we offer Diversity in Science Grants.


  Science: As Vital as Ever

The government is considering damaging cuts to research funding.

Have your say by attending the Science: As Vital As Ever rally on Monday 26 October at Conway Hall, London.

Alternatively, send a message to George Osborne telling him why science is vital to you.

  Biology Week 2015

This year's events included science festivals, Big Biology Days, dino digscompetitions, lecturesmusic and storytelling. The events ran from Saturday 10th - Sunday 18th October. You can still take the Biology Week Quiz and finally find out whether zebras are black with white stripes or white with black stripes.

  Biochemists awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have been jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on mechanistic studies of DNA repair.

  Biochemical Society 2017 Awards Nominations are now open

Do you know of an outstanding bioscientist that deserves recognition? Nominations can be submitted by both members and non-members of the Biochemical Society. 

Deadline for online nominations is 31 January 2016

  2015 release of Journal Citation Reports® shows the influence of content published by Portland Press

The Impact Factors and journal metrics for the range of molecular bioscience journals published by Portland Press, the knowledge hub for life sciences, have been announced. The 2015 Release of Journal Citation Reports® (Source: 2014 Web of ScienceTM Data) shows an increase in article influence scores indicating that the research being published and cited in Portland Press journals carries influence scores above the average in its field.

The announcement of these metrics comes in the middle of an exciting year for Portland Press. Having just migrated all its journals to new websites offering a range of new features and improved discoverability for authors’ work, further developments are planned for the remainder of 2015.


The Biochemical Society wants to reaffirm its commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity in the life science sector. It is especially concerned about the promotion of careers for women in science, but also believes in full integration and opportunities, irrespective of a person's race, class, sexuality, beliefs or innate ability. The Society believes that science, and indeed all human efforts, benefit from diverse inputs, and that everyone loses by disfavouring specific groups. Hence, the Society dissociates itself from the reported recent comments of Sir Tim Hunt, during his visit to South Korea. The Society recognises and espouses the right to free speech and the expression of diverse points of view, but this right comes with the proviso of responsible use, and the ensuing right to free debate.

Steve Busby - Chair, Biochemical Society and Anne Dell – Vice-Chair, Biochemical Society


New look for Portland Press journals

Portland Press, the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society has launched its journals on a new website. 


The new websites have been designed to adapt to the latest advances in online publishing and will offer improved services to  authors, readers and subscribers, including Biochemical Society members. Authors will enjoy greater visibility for their articles and readers will see an improved experience when searching for work published in the journals. 

The journals enjoying a new look are:

Clinical Science
Biochemical Journal
Bioscience Reports
Biochemical Society Transactions
Essays in Biochemistry

Biochemical Society members enjoy free full-text access to Biochemical Journal and Biochemical Society Transactions - members should visit the Members' Area to access 

As part of its commitment to advance biochemistry for the benefit of science and society, the Biochemical Society makes available via its publisher Portland Press, two resources, Cell Signalling Biology and Glossary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology entirely free of charge to the community and both of these also have a new look as part of the move. 

If you have any questions or feedback for us please do get in touch at editorial@portlandpress.com




  Congratulations to Professor Tim Dafforn, Trustee of the Biochemical Society on his appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 
Professor Dafforn will ensure that the department’s policies and operations, and its contribution to wider government issues are informed by fit-for-purpose science, technology and engineering advice.

  Workshops brings together antimicrobial resistance researchers
The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance is holding interdisciplinary networking workshops to bring together researchers who have an interest in antimicrobial resistance.

  Scientists honoured in Biochemical Society Awards
Eleven distinguished scientists and exceptional early career researchers have been honoured in the Biochemical Society’s annual Awards. 

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