Science Teachers’ Meeting
Our first conference for teachers was held on 30 June 2015 at Nowgen in Manchester focussing on the new areas of genetics on the A-level specifications.
Robert Johnston chaired proceedings, opening with a brief history of the Galton Institute.
Professor Andrew Read, from Manchester, gave the first talk on Genome Organization followed by Professor Graeme Black from Manchester who spoke about sequencing methods and applications in genomics in the morning session, while in the afternoon he discussed Gene Therapy.
Professor Heather Cordell from Newcastle gave an informative explanation of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and Genetic Drift while Dr Diego Villar Lozano from Cambridge considered Gene regulation at the genome level.
Professor Rosalind John from Cardiff addressed the conference on Epigenetics and Dr Bella Starling closed proceedings by describing the work done by Nowgen .
Delegates’ comments included:
“Quite simply the best conference I have attended whilst I have been in teaching.”

“I left feeling very motivated and refreshed.  I was reminded of why I chose to pursue a career teaching A-level Biology.”

“It was the first time in years that I have been to an event to increase my subject knowledge. I really enjoyed it and will be looking out for more.”

Galton Institute Mendel Essay Prize 2016

The Galton Institute wishes to announce an Essay Prize for A-level students on any aspect of the life, work and/or legacy of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics.
This year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Mendel’s first public communication of his work on breeding of peas, which defined the inheritance laws we now refer to as Mendelian inheritance. A year later, on 8th February 1866, Mendel published his findings in the Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Brünn.
The competition is open to all students currently studying for A-levels in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The top prize is £1,000, with two runner-up prizes of £500 and £250 and accompanying certificate.
The deadline for the 2016 essay prize is 8th February 2016.

Terms and conditions
The essay should focus on the topic of Gregor Mendel and his contribution to the study of inheritance. Credit will be awarded for essays with stimulating, imaginative and readable content.
The Authors should aim to communicate their scientific writing to a lay audience.
The essays should not exceed 1000 words and contain an abstract, and a maximum of one illustrative Figure or Table, and five references.
All essays should be submitted by the school’s Headteacher, after internal selection and approval. The Authors must still be in 6th form in February 2016. The maximum number of essays that can be submitted from each school is five.
The submitted essays will be checked electronically for plagiarism and marked anonymously by the Galton Institute's dedicated panel of experts. Their decisions are final. The Galton Institute will own the copyright to the winning essays, which may be published in the Institute's Newsletter and on its website.
Essays are required to be the original work of the candidate and written and submitted by the competition deadline (6 pm 8th February 2016).

Mate Choice the 2015 Galton Institute conference will be on 11th November at The Royal Society. The Galton Lecture will be given by Professor Alan Bittles on the topic of consanguineous marriages across the world and their consequences. Whilst admission is free we do require a payment from all attendees of £10 towards the cost of a deli sandwich lunch and coffee and tea throughout the day.  See the programme here. Entrance is strictly by ticket, available from the General Secretary: betty.nixon@talk21.com. See Contact page for mailing address. 

Genetics in Medicine, the 2014 Galton Institute conference was on 4th November at The Royal Society and. Click here for the programme.

Fourth Occasional Paper published
The fourth paper in our Occasional Papers series has just been published. It is titled Genetics in Medicine – 2. Adult Life and can be read here. Hard copies can be obtained from the General Secretary.

Third Occasional Paper
The third paper in our Occasional Papers series is the companion paper to the fourth paper above and is titled Genetics in Medicine – 1. Conception and Early Life and can be read here. Hard copies can be obtained from the General Secretary.

Galton Institute-funded workshops
The Galton Institute runs a small Grants for Conferences scheme, which provides up to £1000 to support relevant conferences and workshops.

The latest issue has now been posted to members. If you haven't received your copy, let Betty Nixon know. Click here to view on online copy.

Annual General Meeting
Although members are welcome to attend the Institute's Annual General Meeting, the business is usually very formal and is normally completed in less than 15 minutes. Any member wishing to ask a question at the meeting is requested to put it in writing to the General Secretary no later than two weeks before the meeting, so that any necessary research can be undertaken beforehand.

Member's Database
We are building up a database of members' email addresses. If you are a Galton Institute member and the General Secretary does not have your email, please let her know.



The Galton Institute is a learned society concerned with all aspects of human inheritance. These include molecular genetics, genetic medicine, genetic epidemiology, population genetics and population dynamics, human evolution, elements of psychology and the statistical analysis of inherited traits.