'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

What exactly is a virus and how does it behave in the human body? Raven Motsewabangwe, winner of FameLab in South Africa - a competition to find new voices of science across the world - will join the international final in Cheltenham in early June 2014. Here, he gives a summary of his winning presentation, which compares viral infections to alien invasions.

'Lagos could be a lover, a friend, a shaman, an adversary, a politician, an illusion or the dream of a dreamer.' Photo by William Muzi, Creative Commons licence.

'Lagos could be a lover, a friend, a shaman, an adversary, a politician, an illusion or the dream of a dreamer.' Photo by William Muzi, Creative Commons licence.

'Lagos could be a lover, a friend, a shaman, an adversary, a politician, an illusion or the dream of a dreamer.' Photo by William Muzi, Creative Commons licence.

Two Lagosian writers explain what’s special about their city and how they captured that in stories performed as plays at the Lagos Theatre Festival last weekend. The stories had been selected as part of a British Council competition in 2013.

Photo of South Sudan evacuation courtesy of US Army Africa on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Photo of South Sudan evacuation courtesy of US Army Africa on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Photo of South Sudan evacuation courtesy of US Army Africa on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

British Council South Sudan country director Tony Calderbank writes about the evacuation from South Sudan soon after fighting broke out last month.

Student numbers per class can differ between the UK and Nigeria. Photo crop taken from Fizzr / Creative Commons

Student numbers per class can differ between the UK and Nigeria. Photo crop taken from Fizzr / Creative Commons

Student numbers per class can differ between the UK and Nigeria. Photo crop taken from Fizzr / Creative Commons

The British Council's Connecting Classrooms project teams UK schools with schools around the world. Here, two teachers from secondary schools in Nigeria and the UK respectively talk about how their partnership has worked.

'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

The British Council and the Premier League have committed to an aim – in 2016 – of increasing the proportion of girls and women to 50% among all the young people taking part in Premier Skills. We spoke to two female coaches about the football and education programme in Brazil and Botswana.