What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant. 

Jacques Lucien Monod  (9 February 1910 – 31 May 1976), a French biologist, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1965, sharing it with François Jacob and Andre Lwoff “for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis”.

DrIkemoto repeatedly told me that we should not perform research that simply reproduced somebody else’s results. Rather, we should do something unique. 

Shinya Yamanaka (4 September 1962 – Present), a Stem Cell Biologist who The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly with Sir John B. Gurdon “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent” 

The Nancy Rothwell Award (Age Category 12-14 and 15-18) 

If you are a talented artist this award is for you. It celebrates specimen drawings in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science. 

Nancy Rothwell Award 

Y10 Biology Challenge 

Biology Challenge is open to all Year 10 biologists and aims to nurture your interest in biology beyond the school curriculum as well as stimulate an interest in the natural world. Biology Challenge is an online competition which takes place in school. Questions will be set on the school curriculum but the Biology Challenge will also reward your knowledge of the subject that has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and by being generally aware of your natural flora and fauna. The Challenge consists of two 30 minute papers. Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate are awarded. 

Biology Challenge 

Wildlife surveys 

There are many opportunities to get involved with wildlife surveys at home and students get involved in national surveys of birds and insects.  


Bumblebee survey 

Big butterfly count

Joining courses and learning online 

Students are actively encouraged to pursue areas of Science and Biology in their own time at various sites online 

Stem resources 

Virtual Museum