Society for Experimental Biology

The Society for Experimental Biology is a learned society which was established in 1923 at Birkbeck College in London to “promote the art and science of experimental biology in all its branches”. The Society has an international membership of approximately 2000 biological researchers, teachers and students. Unlike many biological societies, the Society caters for both botany and zoology. There are four Sections, Animal, Plant, Cell and 'Education and Public Affairs'. The main activities of the Society are the organisation and sponsorship of scientific meetings, the publication of relevant research, and the promotion of experimental biology through its education, public affairs and career development programmes. The Society organises one large meeting each year, plus a number of smaller meetings.. The main meeting is held in the UK or continental Europe (Glasgow, Scotland 2007, 2009; Marseille, France, 2008; Prague, Czech Republic, 2010). The main meeting has up to 1000 attendees, but only two plenary lectures (the Bidder and Woolhouse Lectures), with many parallel sessions.

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Jumping snails leap over global warming

Snails in the Great Barrier Reef literally jump for their life to avoid predators. But will they be able to maintain these life-saving jumps, with rising sea temperatures? A new study, to be presented at ...

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A route for steeper, cheaper, and deeper roots

Plants with thinner roots can grow deeper, a trait which could be exploited in lands affected by drought and nutrient deprivation. New research, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting on July 5, shows ...

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Why do we gesticulate?

If you rely on hand gestures to get your point across, you can thank fish for that! Scientists have found that the evolution of the control of speech and hand movements can be traced back to the same place in the brain, which ...

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Surviving fasting in the cold

King penguin chicks survive harsh winters with almost no food by minimising the cost of energy production. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on the 3rd ...

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Diving shrews -- heat before you leap

How does the world's smallest mammalian diver survive icy waters to catch its prey? A recent study of American water shrews to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Salzburg on 1st ...

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