Enhancing engagement with biotechnology through interactions with the scientific community, school students, teachers and the general public

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Support for Science Education in Scotland through CPD

In 2004, SIBE initiated the development of a project providing biology teachers with continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, in partnership with the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre (SSERC). The project greatly expanded from there and SSERC now provides science and technology teaching and learning support for primary and secondary education across Scotland. 






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Stem Cells: Science and Ethics

Stem Cells: Science and Ethics is an educational booklet produced by SIBE with input from selected authors in the field. It covers the science of stem cells and the ethical issues raised; and includes case studies, classroom discussion activities, curriculum links and further resources.

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Gene Jury

The Gene Jury team are SIBE Associates and offer fun and interactive workshops encouraging school pupils to explore modern bioscience and the impact it has on everyday life.


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UoE Family Programme at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Since 2005, on behalf of the University of Edinburgh, we have co-ordinated and delivered annual family events as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival. A variety of hands-on science activities, workshops and shows for all ages, take place in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland. Over 200 University staff and students from different fields of science across the University, are involved.

Edinburgh International Science Festival:



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Biotechnology Workshops for Secondary School Pupils

For many years, we have delivered biotechnology workshops for secondary school pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher Biology, both in schools and in other venues. Currently, we do this as part of the 'Hands-on DNA' project, for which SIBE was selected for in 2011 in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland.

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