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iBiology goes behind the science of living things

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iBioSeminars: A Web-Based Educational Resource for Biologists  (American Society For Cell Biology)

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iBiology provides a free, online collection of videos about cutting-edge research, scientific discoveries and the human side of science. The iBiology team has filmed 275 talks, including 26 by Nobel Laureates and 130 by members of the National Academy of Sciences. With over 1 million views per year, iBiology reaches a global audience in 170 countries ranging from high-school students to senior professors, many of whom do not have regular access to talks from leading scientists. Beyond communicating scientific information, iBiology offers viewers a sense of how discoveries are made and of the people behind the discoveries. 

iBiology provides access to the latest advances in scientific knowledge. Scientists watch iBiology videos to learn about new areas and techniques in biology that can help in their own research. Undergraduate and graduate students use iBiology to understand how research is conducted and to learn about new fields.  Educators, particularly in college and graduate schools, access iBiology videos to augment their lectures. The videos feature different types of scientific role models who come from many different backgrounds and cultures. iBiology also has videos targeted towards professional development, including different career options in science.

iBiology was conceived in 2006 by Ron Vale, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. Vale saw a need to provide free resources that give a wide audience access to thought leaders and leading scientific researchers. iBiology works closely with each speaker to produce an engaging and professionally produced talk. Their goal is to create approximately 40 to 50 new talks per year on diverse topics from ecology to molecular biology. The iBiology staff also engages the educational community to produce talks and assessments that can be used in a classroom setting.  

For more information, visit the iBiology site.


  • filming an ibiology talk in a green screen studio at the university of california, san francisco
Filming (left) and final video (right) of Abby Dernburg's iBiology iBioSeminar.
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