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BIOSPHERE is a brand new popular science magazine dedicated to the natural world - ecology, conservation, behaviour - all in one place.
BIOSPHERE is a brand new popular science magazine dedicated to the natural world - ecology, conservation, behaviour - all in one place.
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http://www.biosphereonline.com/products/

Our Kickstarter was amazing - Thank You all so much for your support. We'll keep you updated! 

Read about the BIOSPHERE founder in the project updates here

Cover credit: Art Wolfe
Cover credit: Art Wolfe

BIOSPHERE

BIOSPHERE is a brand new popular science magazine dedicated to the ever changing natural world - from zoology to evolution, conservation and behaviour. BIOSPHERE is the only magazine that will put of all of this in one place - in one exciting, enlightening and energetic publication.

  • The latest research
  • Getting the nitty gritty with tales from the field and expeditions
  • What's in the news and important right now

As BIOSPHERE will be based on the most recent research, we don't even know what will be in the first issue. But to give you an idea of it's quality and design we've created some mock layouts based on research released around February. Take a look! 

Image credit: Andy Rouse
Image credit: Andy Rouse
Image credit: Andrew Schoeman
Image credit: Andrew Schoeman

The real science - the real stories

Not only will articles be written by practicing academics, but we promise to work closely with the scientists behind the research too.

J Fritz & Markus Unsold
J Fritz & Markus Unsold
Image credit: Konstantin Khalturin
Image credit: Konstantin Khalturin

Spare a little love for the small stuff

In case you don't know yet - we love discovering new things about nature. You can rest assured that BIOSPHERE will not overlook the small things. All species get a look in in BIOSPHERE. If you've never had much love for creepy crawlies, we promise we'll change your mind if you pledge to subscribe.

Images credit: Alex Wild
Images credit: Alex Wild
Image credit: Dave Caravias
Image credit: Dave Caravias


Why do it?

We're overwhelmed by reasons, but we'll try to keep them concise.

  • There's nothing else like it. No other publication is dedicated to the natural world, and dedicated to telling the stories of the latest discoveries and research from it in a fun, interesting and energetic way
  • Communicating science is important to us. We believe everyone should be learning about nature, laughing at it, marveling at its curiosities and caring about its conservation. It's one of the most important resources we have, and we want it all in one place ready to be absorbed by your curious minds.


Why kickstarter? Two reasons.

1. Subscription sites that list all of the magazines for you to browse and choose are expensive for us to list on. This means we wouldn't be able to offer you a whole year's subscription for just £15, like we are here.

2. We need a little help getting off the ground so that we can create this publication that not only looks great, but is full of brilliant, reliable content. 

Who is BIOSPHERE for?

  • Everyone who loves nature, and loves discovering new things. If you want to open your mind to the newest scientific discoveries from wildlife and the natural world then BIOSPHERE is for you.
  • Scientists and students - If you're studying zoology, evolution, conservation, behaviour, ecology or a related subject, it's really important to keep up to date with what's going on in the scientific world. With BIOSPHERE you can do this without subscribing to multiple expensive journals, and the content will be more tailored to your style of reading with beautiful photography to liven things up.


BIOSPHERE gives back

In our very first year we want to release grants in order to support the following:

  • Research initiatives
  • Scientific expedition plans
  • Photographic expedition plans
  • Conservation projects

Our passions lie within these things, so it only makes sense that we want to continue to support them


Steve Backshall supports BIOSPHERE

Most of our articles will be written by practicing academics, but we've also got the support of Steve Backshall - passionate wildlife enthusiast, BBC TV presenter of 'The Deadly 60' amongst many others, and a passionate author. Steve's first love was with writing, and he will be writing for the first issue of BIOSPHERE, sharing his thoughts on an as yet undisclosed subject! 

Image credit: Adam White
Image credit: Adam White


What you get for supporting us

If you pledge £15 or more, you'll get a whole year's subscription to BIOSPHERE. That's about 65% off each individual issue price.

However, to thank you for believing in us now we will also keep you all updated on our development over the next few months, and you'll have exclusive voting over key decisions during the making of the first issue, including paper quality and the front cover image!

If you choose the Wear It With Pride option, you get one of these beautiful t-shirts to remind you forever that you put your faith in a super successful project. We'll get sizing and style info off you once the project is successfully funded.

Beautiful designs by Robert Farkas, available in men's and women's sizes!
Beautiful designs by Robert Farkas, available in men's and women's sizes!

What will the money go towards?

  • Commissioning photographers and writers
  • Printing and postage
  • Ensuring the magazine continues to develop and remain sustainable - that includes bits and bobs like dropbox, software, legal fees, website development etc! 

Thank you to these brilliant photographers for supporting this campaign:

Alex Wild - Crazy ant and fire ant

Dave Caravias - Mantis shrimp

Konstantin Khalturin - Moon jellyfish

Andy Rouse - Polar bear on melting ice

Andrew Schoeman - Rhinos

J Fritz & Markus Unsold - Ibis photographs

Risks and challenges

We have absolute faith in BIOSPHERE, but the biggest risk is that not enough people subscribe. We are so passionate about communicating the science of the natural world that we would happily work for free if we could, but if we don't get enough subscribers then we won't be able to afford to print every month. We've set the price low at £15 because we don't think you should have to pay huge amounts of money just because you want to learn. So if you choose to support us, make sure you share around on facebook and twitter, email it to your friends and shout it from the rooftops!

We're planning on releasing BIOSPHERE every month, which means you should get 12 issues for your £15. However, we'll do everything we can to keep BIOSPHERE going and if that means releasing every two months then we will. We promise you will still get the same great content and endless effort put into every issue. No matter what happens, you'll be kept updated and in the know.

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    == DOING IT FOR THE LOVE ==

    Every little helps, and your name will be printed on the thank you page of our first issue.

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    == JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING ==

    A postcard with one of the beautiful images from our first issue. Plus your name will be printed on the thank you page of our first issue

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    === DOING IT FOR THE MAG ===

    Let's not fool around. You want the magazine and we want to give it to you. £15 gets you a year's subscription to BIOSPHERE. Due to listing costs, we might not be able to offer the magazine this cheap again, so get it while you can. You'll also have your name printed on the thank you page of the first issue.

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    ==== MAGAZINE AND MORE ==== === LIMITED EDITION PRINT ===

    You want the magazine, and we love you for that. But for a little extra you get a little more love back. You get a year's subscription to the magazine, your name printed on the thank you page of our first issue, PLUS an exclusive poster print of one of the best wildlife photos from our first issue.

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    ==== ONE ISN'T ENOUGH ==== Want one fantastic subscription for you and one as a gift? No problem. £30 gets you two subscriptions, you can provide us with the second address after the campaign ends, we'll be in touch. Your name and your friend's name will also appear on the thank you page of our first issue!

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    WEAR IT WITH PRIDE

    Of course, you get a year's subscription to the magazine and your name printed on the thank you page of our first issue. But you also get an amazing BIOSPHERE t-shirt with artwork by Robert Farkas. See a sample image in the description. Women's will be a loose fit fashion tee but we'll send you updates with new images! We'll get sizing and style info off you once we are successfully funded!

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    PARTY ON DOWN

    An exclusive ticket to our launch party, to which our first issue writers, contributors and photographers will be invited. Come and have fun with people who love nature and science as much as you.

    Of course, you also get a year subscription to the magazine, your name printed on our thank you page, and a BIOSPHERE t-shirt (see above).

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    ==== EXPOSURE === === 1/4 PAGE ADVERT === Take the opportunity to reach actively engaged students, academics and enthusiasts through an advert in BIOSPHERE's first issue.

    Plus a complimentary subscription for a whole year!

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    ==== EXPOSURE === === 1/2 PAGE ADVERT === Take the opportunity to reach actively engaged students, academics and enthusiasts through an advert in BIOSPHERE's first issue.

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    ==== EXPOSURE === === FULL PAGE ADVERT === Take the opportunity to reach actively engaged students, academics and enthusiasts through an advert in BIOSPHERE's first issue.

    Plus a complimentary subscription for a whole year! Send us a message about pricing for prominent placing on back covers and inside front covers.

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    ==== EXPOSURE === === DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD ADVERT === Take the opportunity to reach actively engaged students, academics and enthusiasts through an advert in BIOSPHERE's first issue.

    Plus a complimentary subscription for a whole year! Send us a message about pricing for prominent placing on back covers and inside front covers.

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