We have issued a number of position statements on issues relevant to biochemistry and science in general. The Royal Society of Biology has also published several position statements which may be of interest.
The Biochemical Society and Portland Press support Open Scholarship, the name given to a change in the culture of scholarly research, enabled by developing technologies and new opportunities for communication and collaboration. It encompasses topics including open access, open data, metrics, research integrity and public engagement. Read our October 2019 Open Scholarship position statement >
This statement builds on our previous ‘Open Science’ statement from Spring 2018.
The Biochemical Society is concerned at the growing rate of antimicrobial resistance. We believe that sustained research funding is needed to drive the development of new antimicrobials and alternative approaches to combating infection, particularly vaccines. The development of rapid diagnostics will also be vital.
Biochemical Society is part of the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the British Pharmacological Society, the Microbiology Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Society for Applied Microbiology.
LeSPAR aims to provide a single, unified voice and mobilise the UK’s collective research community in order to enhance understanding and knowledge sharing between academia, industry, and clinicians. The group is focused on taking action, championing best practice and raising awareness of the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.
A report and an executive summary have been published in September 2015 on the three networking workshops which looked into the antimicrobial resistance environments, evolution and transmission earlier this year. The talks from the workshops can be viewed online.
We support the use of animals in research when properly regulated and when no alternatives are available. We actively support progress towards a reduction in the use of animals by refining experiments and developing new ways to minimize the use of and replace animals wherever possible. We have:
- Endorsed the Royal Society of Biology’s position on use of animals in scientific research, which outlines both the benefit that come from using animals in research, and the commitment to reduce the use of animals in research as technology allows.
- Signed the statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
- Signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a commitment to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date information about how animals are used in research and the role they play in scientific discovery. This is alongside a long-standing commitment to require details on where and how animals were used for papers published in our journals. Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK Annual report 2015 is available online.
The Biochemical Society is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the molecular biosciences. We believe that a lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a loss of potential talent to the UK.
As part of our involvement with the Drug Discovery Skills Group, we have created a outline of the biochemistry skills needed for modern drug discovery. In light of the fact that medicines development is a rapidly evolving area of research, this statement is intended to be a ‘living document’ and will be updated regularly.
The Biochemical Society recognises that, as a scientific society, we have a responsibility to fully evaluate and deploy GM technologies where appropriate, and thus contribute to the security of future generations.
We have written an open letter to the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs Mr Richard Lochhead in response to his plan to ban GM in Scotland, together with 27 other science organisations (17 August 2015).
The Biochemical Society has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – a set of recommendations to improve the way research outputs are evaluated. The Declaration is aimed at funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers and organisations that supply metrics to assess research outputs and encourages a move away from reliance on the Journal Impact Factor.