The Biological Sciences Section organised the following events at the 2018 British Science Festival:

Why plants haven't conquered the land

Plants have done a pretty good job at colonising the planet- or have they? Jeremy Pritchard discussed the setbacks they've faced and how humankind is modifying them to be more tolerant to such issues as drought and pests.

To reproduce or survive: lessons from ancient females

There is a wide variation between women's susceptibility to stop menstruating due to illness, stress, weight loss or exercise. Speaking with a patient who has amenorrhea, the absence of a menstrual period in someone of reproductive age, Richard Quinton explored whether a genetic mutation from our Neolithic ancestors carried by people in the present day holds the key to this variation. 

President 2018: Professor Jeremy Pritchard, Birmingham University
President 2017: Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Newcastle University
President 2016: Dr. Channa Jayasena, Imperial College London
President 2015: Professor Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
President 2014: Nessa Carey

RecorderJames Brown, University of Warwick