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The Biochemical Society champions the molecular biosciences by identifying and acting on key science policy issues.


We aim to ensure that the views of our membership are channelled to the appropriate policy-makers. Our activities are informed by our Policy Committee and our members, particularly those within our Database of Expertise. Read on to find out more about our science policy initiatives.


Biochemical Society launches questionnaire exploring impact EU membership on UK molecular bioscience 

Before the end of 2017, members of the public in the UK will be asked “Should the UK remain a member of the EU?”


We are keen to find out what the vote means for people working in molecular bioscience and have launched an online questionnaire to gather information on EU membership and its impact on your work. We are interested in the views of everyone working in molecular bioscience (both Society members and non-members, regardless of career stage or whether you are based in the EU).


Responses to the questionnaire may be used to inform our science policy work.  We are aiming to use the findings to develop articles and resources to help inform UK-based members (and others working in molecular bioscience) when they are casting their vote in the upcoming EU referendum.


The questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Send us your views on EU membership by filling in the questionnaire (available till 19 February 2016).


Our position statements 

Read our position statements on a wide range of issues relevant to biochemistry, such as antimicrobial resistance, drug discovery and genetically modified products.


Championing bioscience

We support a number of initiatives to promote investment in science and the accurate dissemination of science information in the media.


Supporting industry 

We aim to address issues of relevance to the industrial bioscience community in the UK, including the changing drug discovery landscape via our membership of the Drug Discovery Pathways Group. 

Promoting diversity 

Find out about the steps we are taking to promote diversity in the biosciences. 


Informing government

Politicians, government departments and international organisations play a key role in the science sector. Find out how we engage with government on issues important to our membership, and have your say on our consultation responses.



If you have an idea for what else we should be doing, want to work with us, or have any feedback, please contact our Science Policy Assistant Gabriele Butkute.