The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is a nationwide competition organised by the Society of Biology in which competing students must sit two exams and complete a practical assessment. Four students are then selected to represent the UK in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Switzerland. Alongside the competition, a series of regional events take place around the country. As part of this series, the Faculty hosted the 3rd North West BBO Lecture at the beginning of July.
Attendees included sixth form students from Holy Cross College, Whalley Range 11-18 High School, and Withington High School for Girls. Professor Matthew Cobb, Associate Dean for Social Responsibility, was the invited speaker. He gave a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture on the topic of “Why evolution is true.”
Event organiser Dr Michelle Keown then gave an overview of the Faculty’s sponsorship of the BBO, before discussing details of another Society of Biology competition, known as The Biology Challenges. As the event drew to a close, Faculty lecturers Dr Elizabeth Sheader, Dr Tristan Pocock, and Dr Susan Cochran spoke to the students about degree options in the Faculty and the wide variety of career options that studying biology can lead to. This successful event promoted these challenging and exciting competitions to local schools, while also encouraging and developing the students’ interest in biology.