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  • Dolly’s legacy – 20 years of impact

    Uncategorized | Kathryn Ratcliffe

    I recently attended the ‘Coming of Age: the legacy of Dolly at 20’ symposium at The Roslin Institute, which reflected on and celebrated the impacts that have stemmed from Dolly’s creation. As I’m sure most of you are aware, BBSRC investment in the scientific programme that led to the creation of Dolly was key. However, at a more personal level, Dolly has inspired many breakthroughs in stem cell biology, my own area of science, and so attending this meeting was a real pleasure at a number of levels. […]

  • Recognition for unsung heroes of research?

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    When we think about the people involved in research our minds automatically think first about established leaders, then maybe PhD students or post-docs but rarely – if ever – do technicians and other non-faculty staff feature. Yet all of us who work in bioscience know how vital these roles are and how much the individuals in these roles contribute to keeping the UK’s science world leading. […]

  • Plant science, oenomics and H2020 funding

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    BBSRC’s investments are key to supporting plant science research in the UK. Our plant scientists lead the world in understanding the fundamentals of plant biology – knowledge that is now being applied to key agricultural crops across the globe. Despite the importance of plant science, it tends to lack prominence in many A-level biology and UK university courses and I recall being one of only 12 students (out of ~100) who studied plant biochemistry when I was an undergraduate. Initiatives that raise the profile of, and opportunities in, plant science to undergraduate students are, therefore, very welcome and, in relation to this, I was delighted to be the closing plenary speaker at the recent Gatsby Plant Science Summer School. […]

  • The (ever) changing landscape

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    As I prepare to go on my summer holidays I’ve been thinking about all that has happened since I took up the role of CE at BBSRC on 1 March 2016 – the David Bowie classic ‘Changes’ jumps immediately to mind.

    In my first week (day two to be precise) BBSRC received notification of our funding allocation from the comprehensive spending review, including the creation of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), an opportunity which has brought a new focus on research to tackle the challenges faced by low and middle income countries. […]

  • The EU referendum – a reflection

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    A few weeks have passed since my last blog, during which time much has happened, most significantly the EU Referendum. You may have seen that RCUK has recently released a statement on international collaboration and I wanted to use this opportunity to touch on some impacts of the referendum result.

    The outcome of the referendum has brought a great deal of uncertainty to the UK in general and the research community in particular – there are many questions around what the UK’s position will be regarding Horizon 2020, future framework programmes, joint programming initiatives, the ERC; will existing grants be honoured by the EU – or potentially underwritten by the UK government; what will the status of EU nationals working in research teams at institutions across the UK (and UK nationals in the EU) be in the future – and many more. […]