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All over the place and upside down!

Hello all, apologies for the lack of posting lately- we have been all over the place in the last few weeks, with Talk Science courses in Edinburgh, Portsmouth, and Belfast; several courses and teacher events in London; MuseumNext conference in Barcelona (an awful place to have to visit, as you can well imagine) - and tomorrow we leave for ECSITE science communication conference in France, to deliver a workshop about How Science Works and the changing nature of scientific knowledge through time

Bear with us whilst we get our heads on straight… In the meantime, here’s a few interesting and useful links to get stuck into!




  • Subscribe to the Wellcome Trust’s free Big Picture magazine- a fantastic resource for biologists (and a great read for all).


  •  Explore the Science News Review, aka ‘science news for the average citizen’ blog for oddball research and fascinating factoids. Did you know that a pigeon has better self-recognition than a 3-year old human child?

a vain pigeon?


Fueling a biofuels discussion?

Planning a discussion about biofuels?

Veggie power?

Veggie power! Will biofuels save the world?

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has a set of teaching resources you can use if you are getting your students to explore the topic.

They have actually split the material up into 2 lessons’ worth: one where your students familiarise themselves with various forms of biofuel, and the second which involves a role-play exercise about the impacts of biofuel production on countries around the world.

The resources contain a wealth of content such as case studies, important questions, and background science, plus helpful scaffold material for presenters, all of which you may find useful even if you don’t follow the lesson plans to the letter or don’t have time to dedicate 2 lessons to the topic.

So take a look at what is available, as you can really adapt the material to your needs.

If you are looking for a way to add a bit of ‘spice’ to the discussion, throw in some Talk Science techniques- for example, you may like to use our powerful question generator to help you come up with some great hook questions that make the topic of biofuels directly relevant to your students, or begin and conclude the discussion with a vote or a human barometer exercise to encourage your students to voice their own opinions in the debate.

Good luck!