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 to place bioscience research in a historical and cultural context. We have covered 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 know our resources also appeal to teachers and students of other age groups and fields of study, including 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.

‘Big Picture’ is published by the Education and Editorial teams at Wellcome, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving human and animal health through research funding as well as public engagement. Visit Wellcome’s education pages to find out more about the Education team and their work.

Our website

From 2005 to 2016, ‘Big Picture’ published two print issues per year; ‘Plants’, published in May 2016, was our final printed issue. As ‘Big Picture’ now covers the majority of the post-16 biology syllabus, we’re not planning to release any new content for the time being. Everything we’ve published previously will remain here on the ‘Big Picture’ website.

We have made a commitment to review and update all of our content once it reaches five years old. 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.