About the society 2019


BABSOC is a society that unites UNSW students who are studying disciplines under the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (or BABS, for short). This includes Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Bioinformatics.

The society holds social events and professional workshops that are aimed to enhancing the student experience of more than 400 members. 


A team of high-achieving students, with different majors in bioscience. We hope to promote a sense of community within the School of BABS, as well as the Faculty of Science in general.

Our aim is to offer an opportunity to develop and expand a close professional network for students and alumni sharing an interest and passion for research and development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the commercialisation of science, while also bringing the community together through social events.


Initially founded as the Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Engineering Society (BABESOC), the society was established in 1996 in the then Department of Biotechnology within the Faculty of Life Sciences. In 2001, there was a major restructure where Life Sciences was merged with the Faculty of Applied Science to form the Faculty of Science. Following this merger, a new School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) was established from the previous Departments of Biotechnology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology & Immunology. To cater to larger cohort of students, the society was relaunched as BABSOC to include all undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying a BABS course.