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Staff and students in the School of Biological Sciences engage in a range of outreach activities, including University Open Days, public lectures, science fairs, presentations at local cafes, hands-on workshops and mentoring in local schools.

We release scientific information to society through the publication of research articles and presentations at conferences.

Secondary school students looking under microscopes

Outreach activities for schools

At the University, we provide field trips to the Cole Museum of Zoology and the Harris Garden. We can also visit your school for talks and career days.

We require a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice to reserve space and plan activities.

At your school or the University

  • Talks and interactive demos for primary and secondary schools on climate change, conservation biology, why plants matter, biodiversity in plants, evolution, how to survey wildlife, animal taxonomy using the Cole Museum.
  • Career Day visits on what it means to be a scientist, educator or conservation biologist, and what you can do with a biology degree.

Mentoring for school students

We connect with budding young scientists through our hands on workshops and mentoring for younger students.

Disseminating our research

We share our research and news from the School through blogs, social media, science talks, and the media.


Science talks

Come to one of our public lectures, science fairs or presentations at local cafes. Visit our Twitter site @ReadingBioSci for details of upcoming events.

TV, radio and books

Our academics write many books and popular science articles and often appear on TV and radio shows.

Books by our academics include:

  • The Self Delusion by Tom Oliver
  • 30-Second Biology by Nick Battey and Mark Fellowes
  • 30-Second Evolution by Nick Battey and Mark Fellowes
  • Garden Entomology by Amanda Callaghan and Mark Fellowes.

Contact us

For more information on our outreach programmes and events within the community, please get in touch with our School's Director of Outreach, Dr Dyan Sellayah, or with the Curator of the Cole Museum, Professor Amanda Callaghan.
Close up of the teeth and jaw of a crocodile skull

Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate courses offer you a wealth of options for learning about the living world. Whether you're keen to explore biology in all its breadth, or focus on a specialist discipline that fascinates you, you'll find a course to suit you.

Our research

Our research division investigates the past, present and future of the living world at all scales: from genes to individuals, from populations to ecosystems. We aim to change the way people think about, and study, ecology and evolution.

Meet the team

Our community of staff includes internationally renowned academics, recognised for the excellence of their teaching and research.
Athena SWAN Silver Award