iBiology – Bringing The World’s Best Biology To You


Past few decades have seen a tremendous change in the way science is being taught in the classroom. Traditional classrooms with blackboards are turning into smart classrooms with digital screens, iPads and laptops as primary teaching aids for students, helping them understand scientific concepts better.

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iBiology is one such organization working towards making, scientific learning fun. This organization is on a mission – To bring the world’s best biology concepts in the form of a video which will aid in learning and teaching.

iBiology’s was created  to relay in the form of open-access free videos, the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made.

The aim of this initiative is to let the audience meet the leading scientists in biology, so that they can find out how they think about scientific questions and conduct their research, and can get a sense of their personalities, opinions, and perspectives.

iBiology also welcomes to support educators who want to incorporate materials that illustrate the scientific concepts into their curriculum.

I had a wonderful time interacting with Dr. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, who is incharge of Community Engagement and Outreach for iBiology to learn more about the inspiration behind iBiology.

When was iBiology founded and who are the co-founders?

iBiology is a non-profit organization that produces and disseminates free online educational videos featuring leading researchers in biology and life sciences. Through our website www.ibiology.org we provide a free and open online platform for communicating the practice of science. Founded by Ron Vale, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), iBiology videos offer deeper insights into the process of research and make science and scientists accessible to audiences around the world.

What does iBiology do?

iBiology produces and distributes free online videos about a diverse range of topics, from research to the process of science, to professional development. iBioSeminars allow you to hear some of the world’s leading researchers talk about their work and findings. These are research seminars on everything from cell biology to ecology. All iBioSeminars begin with an extended introduction and progress to cover current research making them suitable for students and non-experts, as well as senior scientists.

iBioMagazine videos offer a window into what it really means to be a scientist, with videos of successful scientists telling their discovery stories, giving career advice, and sharing their opinions on various topics. These videos provide insights and inspiration to viewers and showcase the human side of science.

iBioEducation videos include lectures, short clips and courses targeted at high school and undergraduate students. It also offers video and teaching resources for educators, like iBiology’s popular Microscopy and Flipped Classroom Courses. In addition, iBioEducation includes recordings of iBiology Hangouts, our interactive Q&A sessions with scientists.

BioFilms videos are a collaboration with world-renowned journalist Dan Rather, connecting a broader audience with top researchers and leaders in life sciences by providing good, smart, accurate content. This new effort features Conversations in Science, in which Rather delves into the role of science in society with leading scientists and policy makers.

We record most of our videos using green screen technology, like the meteorologists on TV. To recruit speakers, iBiology leverages its own network of scientists. We are based at UCSF, an institution focused on life and health sciences research, and most people of the iBiology Team are PhD-trained staff members who understand science and scientific training. We also encourage participation of the scientific and education communities to decide on topics, suggest speakers and help us spread the word.

How much are the products/services priced at? How has the response been so far?

iBiology videos are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. We have produced over 400 videos and this year thus far our videos have been viewed over 1.7 million times on YouTube.

What is your reach in Asia and other parts of the world?

Our videos are watched in >170 countries. Over 200 videos have English subtitles and we are working to subtitle more videos in other languages.

How are you funded?

We are a non-profit. iBiology receives major funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

If you are excited to learn more about iBiology, go ahead and check their some of the awesome Biology videos here http://www.ibiology.org/ 

And do not forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below!