Biology Week 2017

Biology Week 2017

7th – 15th October

How Can You Get Involved?


TALK: Photographing Nature with Dr Pickering

Ex-AGGS teacher and amazing wildlife photographer Dr Pickering will discuss the skills, techniques and patience required to get some perfect photos.
Dr Pickering has had his work published and will be sharing his secrets plus launching our 2017 Photography competition.

Wednesday 4th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: The Great Biology Bake Off

Bring in a cake that represents a cell, organ, a process or even a whole organism! Prizes for the best entries.
Cakes will then be sliced and sold to the teachers in the staffroom on Tuesday and all money raised will be donated to the Macmillan coffee morning charity.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.30 in L5

TALKS: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo’s Safari Rangers are visiting all Y9 classes to deliver workshops about the varied roles and careers in the zoo.

L3 L4
Period 2 9G 9C
Period 3 9F 9B
Period 4 9E 9D
Period 5 9A

Monday 9th October

Y9 classes
In lessons

Q&A SESSION: Careers at the Zoo

Interested in a career at the zoo? There is a much broader range of jobs than you might expect.  If you want to know more about working at the zoo, please come with your questions to quiz our two Safari Rangers.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.40 in L4

QUIZ: Biology Brains!

If you love Biology and know your aardvark from your armadillo, come along to this Quiz at lunchtime. Questions set by members of Science Society!

Tuesday 10th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Old Drugs, New Bugs! With Professor Roberts from Manchester University

What will we do if bacteria become resistant to all the antibiotics we have to fight them? Why are more bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant? In this fascinating talk you will find out much more about the constant efforts being made to find new drugs to control the rise of MRSA and other potentially life-threatening diseases.  A must of all future medics, dentists and vets, plus everyone else!

Wednesday 11th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Enhancing Photosynthesis for a Changing World with Dr Hartwell from Liverpool University

The world’s population continues to rise. The climate continues to change. Less of the land will be suitable for farming but there are more mouths to feed! How can we genetically engineer plants to survive and photosynthesise efficiently?
Dr Hartwell will discuss cutting-edge genetic research and how solving the food crisis might be the most important area of research in the future.  His talk is essential viewing for A level biologists.

Thursday 12th October

Most relevant for Y13 biologists, although all are welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: Design a Biology Board Game

Create a game to teach or revise any aspect of Biology.
It must be:

  • Engaging and good fun to play
  • Innovative and effective
  • Well designed, with a name, a box, instructions and everything required to play

Bring your entry to L6 on Friday lunchtime.  It will then be played by our expert panel of testers and winners will be announced before half term.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter – in teams or solo entries
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th  October

COMPETITION: Photography Deadline

Picture It: Your Environment
Your photo should show the beauty of the environment and environmental science and its impact on you.
All entries must be accompanied by a 1-2 sentence summary describing how the photo captures the effect of the environment or environmental science on you.
Email entries to
First Prize: Dr Pickering has kindly donated his a Canon 1DS – a professional, full frame camera he used to take many of his own nature photographs.
Your picture can also be entered for a national competition by going to the website
The first prize of this competition is a VIP invitation to the opening of the RRS Sir David Attenborough in autumn 2018.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th October

SPECIAL EVENT: Post Mortem Day

Ever wanted to see what happens during a post mortem? Keen to learn more about the human body and see how organs work together to keep us alive?
This unique experience will allow you to watch a post mortem on a semi-synthetic body.  Real (animal) organs will be used to demonstrate human physiology and over the course of the workshop you will learn more about human anatomy and the diseases of these organs.
Places are limited and each ticket costs £20.  See your biology teacher for more information.
Note: some of the content is aimed at A level Biology students.

Saturday 14th October

Dining room

Click here to download the Biology Week 2017 timetable