The Biochemical Society, alongside Portland Press Limited, contributed to the Society of Biology's submission to the review of the implementation of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy on open access. This submission presented an over-arching view of the landscape, focusing on three questions posed by the Review: the impact on learned societies; the effectiveness of the communication of the policy; and the impact on the wider open access landscape. (September 2014)

The Biochemical Society responded to the BBSRC and MRC survey of vulnerable or potentially vulnerable research skills and capabilities.We recommended that two key areas of biochemistry be considered by the Research Councils: metabolic biochemistry and physical biochemistry. These are both vital areas which arguably underpin our fundamental understanding of biochemistry as a discipline. (September 2014)

We contributed to the Society of Biology's response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on the Proposals for long term Capital Investment in Science and Research. This highlighted the need for a mixed portfolio of investment which is researcher-led and supported by funding for training, upkeep and resources. Read the response. (July 2014) 

We responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry into antimicrobial resistance as part of our collaboration with the Society of Biology. Read our response. (November 2013)


We contributed to the Society of Biology's response to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) consultation on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. You can read a post from our Science Policy Officer about it on our blog: HEFCE, the REF and open access. (October 2013)


We responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee's consultation on Women in STEM careersin collaboration with the Society of Biology. The response can be found here. (September 2013)


The Society of Biology maintains a more comprehensive list of consultations that may affect the broader bioscience sector.


Response Archive


An archive of responses we have submitted or contributed to can be found here.