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 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 Education and Editorial teams at Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving human and animal health through research funding as well as public engagement. The Wellcome Trust strongly believes the future of science depends on the quality of science education today. Visit the Trust's education pages to find out more about the education team and their work.

Our new website

In June 2014, we created a new website for ‘Big Picture’ so we could better cater to the needs of our teachers, students and other readers.

We have made a commitment to review and update all of our content once it reaches five years old, and we will also put every article from the printed issues on the website as well. As we've been producing this publication for nearly 10 years, this is quite a task! Our goal is to complete the backlog of older issues by the end of 2014.  Each resource is date-stamped at the bottom of its page, so you'll be able to know when it was originally published and, if it was reviewed, when that was done.

If you find something that doesn’t work quite right - perhaps a broken link or something that doesn't read correctly – just contact us and let us know. We may already be working to fix it, but if not, we will address it quickly.