Chief Executive's blog

News from our Chief Executive, Professor Jackie Hunter

  • Looking back – building the bioeconomy

    Jackie Hunter

    Over the next few weeks, until I leave BBSRC at the end of the month, I want to focus on some of the areas of the BBSRC portfolio activities which I think have been particularly important in terms of our deliverables over the last two and half years.

    BBSRC’s spending review preparations have focused very much on our role in building the bioeconomy and in driving the argument for a Bioeconomy Strategy for the UK. […]

  • Vaccinology and reproducibility

    Jackie Hunter

    Well a bit of a shock to the system to be back at work but it certainly beats squelching around in a very wet and muddy garden.

    Our beagle had another fit at the weekend which continues to remind me of the importance of the One Health agenda. I was talking at the inaugural meeting of the Veterinary Vaccinology Network in Manchester last week on the subject of open innovation and its potential for veterinary vaccinology. […]

  • Ending 2015 on a high

    Jackie Hunter

    This is the last blog from me for 2015 but I think we have finished the year on some real highs both for BBSRC and for all Research Councils. For example last Friday we got the official notification from BIS that work can commence on the new Centre for Food and Health at Norwich. The new centre will focus on the role of the microbiome and the importance of diet and nutrition in health and wellness. A conference in the UK is planned in the second quarter of next year with the New York Academy of Sciences on the microbiome and the programme is already shaping up to be very exciting. […]

  • Big announcements

    Jackie Hunter

    The last week has been fairly momentous for me on the personal front as I announced last Monday that I will be leaving BBSRC at the end of February, after the spending review allocations. This is something that I do with mixed emotions as I have really enjoyed my time at BBSRC and working with the fabulous team here at the Swindon office. I will also miss the interactions with the institutes and the researchers we fund at universities. I have learnt a lot about the many different aspects of BBSRC science from wheat to gribbles but I still have three months left and there’s a lot to do!! […]

  • Tackling challenges together

    Jackie Hunter

    Originally I was writing my blog two Fridays ago and was focusing very much on our international activities with a trip by relevant members of the BBSRC Executive and myself to Brussels. With the events in Paris on that evening and the alerts in Brussels over the past weekend, it has given me pause to think of our international activities in a slightly different context. […]