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An important academic activity is to ensure the high quality research and impact is disseminated to stakeholders such as schools, media and the general public. Staff and students at SBS engage in a wide range of outreach activities to facilitate dissemination. The primary method of releasing scientific information to society is through the publication of high quality research articles and through oral and poster presentations at conferences.

Kids at Science Fair 2016Both teaching and academic staff as well as students highlight their work and show their passion for biology through their teaching, at University Open Days, public lectures, science fairs, presentations at local cafés, organization of hands-on workshops and mentoring in local schools. We also engage with the media conveying our scientific and teaching mission and ideas in television, radio and newspapers.


For schools/teachers: What we provide

At the university, we provide field trips (Cole Museum, Harris Garden) and practical sessions. We can visit your school for talks and career day visits.

At the university: We require a minimum of 2 weeks notice to reserve space and plan activities.

  • Lab practical sessions in-house with some critical analysis for A-level students: We provide small ½ day or 1 day workshops on hands-on experimentation showcasing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), enzyme assays, gel electrophoresis and some experimental techniques (microscopy) used in research laboratories.
  • Visit to the Cole Museum of Zoology: Roughly 3500 specimens from all ages; field trip resource for KS1 and KS2.

    Please contact the for more information.

  • Visits to the Harris Garden.
  • Robotics: Brain Computer Interface: We provide the 45 min lab practical session to demonstrate Brain Computer Interface and assistive robot technology in Biomedical Engineering labs. During the interactive session, students will have a chance to control the external devices by their waves, and control the robotic hand.

At your school or at the university

  • Talks and some interactive demos, modified according to level, for both primary and secondary schools on climate change, conservation biology, why plants matter, how brains work, biodiversity in plants, evolution, cancer evolution, how sexes differ, how to survey wildlife.
  • Career Day visits: What it means to be a scientist and/or educator/ or conservation biologist? What you can do with a biology degree?

What we cannot provide (though we wish we could)

Work experience

We do not offer formal work experience but limited work experience may be available in individual laboratories. Please email laboratory heads directly after deciding which research area you are interested in, based on our webpages.


See how we connect with budding young scientists through our hands on workshops and mentoring for younger students.

Online Courses / Blogs

We offer public access to our research materials through online media and blogs.

Public talks on science

Come to one of our public lectures, science fairs or presentations at local cafés.

TV / Radio / Books

Our academics write many books and popular science articles and often appear on TV and radio shows.

Fun competitions and spiels

Some of our more gregarious academics also like a bit of fun...

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