About us

‘Big Picture’ is a free and impartial educational resource that explores the innovations and implications of cutting-edge science. It sets out to connect modern biomedical science with its ethical and social challenges (including looking at how research impacts on individuals) and place bioscience research in a historical and cultural context.

Published twice a year since 2005, ‘Big Picture’ covers a wide range of topics, such as obesity, nanoscience, cognition, evolution, music and climate change. See our issues page for a full list.

Our new website

We have created this new website for ‘Big Picture’ so we can better cater to the needs of our teachers and students. It has a lot of new features that many of you have asked for over the past few years, and we have even more planned over the coming months.

As with any new website, there are bound to be things that don’t work perfectly right away. We hope to iron out any kinks in the first few months, but if you find something that doesn’t work quite right, just contact us and let us know. We may already be working to fix it, but if not, we will address it quickly.

Our audience

Our primary audience is biology teachers and post-16 biology students, but we also hope to appeal to teachers and students of other age groups and fields of study such as citizenship, politics and philosophy.

We believe parents, public engagement professionals, librarians and anyone else with a desire to learn more about science will also find ‘Big Picture’ useful.

The ‘Big Picture’ publication and website is published by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving human and animal health through research funding as well as public engagement and education work. The future of science depends on the quality of science education today.