Archive for 'Uncategorized'

  • India, impact and innovators

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I was delighted to make my first trip to India recently, representing UKRI at the ‘Together for Impact’ celebrations marking a decade of India-UKRI partnership and to officially launch UKRI India. Some examples of UK-India collaborations can be viewed in this video, with more detail on a decade of cooperation available in this report (PDF).

    BBSRC has been building relationships with our Indian counterparts, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in particular, for the past two decades. BBSRC first signed an MoU with DBT in 1996 and then in 2006 we launched our India Partnering Award scheme, enabling BBSRC-supported researchers to forge long-term relationships with Indian counterparts (this year’s competition is open until 15 Nov 2018). With DBT we have funded joint research in bioenergy, livestock disease and crop production and with the availability of additional resources, via GCRF and the Newton Fund, have explored novel ways of partnering through sandpits (in aquaculture), joint centres (nitrogen in agriculture) and with other UKRI partners in reducing waste and enhancing use of agricultural data. […]

  • Biology week!

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I was delighted, once again, to join in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology week celebrations, including the Parliamentary reception and #IAmABiologist Twitter campaign. In whatever way you identify as a biologist, I hope you joined in with the latter and I wonder what your motivation has been for pursuing biology – mine was a fascination with understanding how living organisms ‘worked’.

    Biology Week offers a fantastic opportunity to recognise the breadth of biology and its impacts, and the reception in Parliament was a great way to ensure that our Politicians have an understanding and awareness of this too. […]

  • Looking forward, looking back

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I am really delighted that this week has seen the publication of the Forward Look for UK Bioscience, which sets out how pushing back the frontiers of biology can contribute to delivering a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.

    Development of the Forward Look for UK Bioscience has been led by BBSRC, in consultation with a wide range of key stakeholders and partners, including BBSRC’s legacy and new Councils and advisory panels. I am personally very grateful to all of those who have contributed and excited that we have a new framing upon which BBSRC, within UK Research and Innovation, will build its strategic delivery plan. The latter, under development now, will set out in more detail the actions we will take to support and deliver elements of the Forward Look and contribute to UK Research and Innovation’s strategic prospectus. […]

  • Bees, diversity and worms

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I hope, like me, you have been able to take some time away from your ‘day jobs’ to recharge and refresh over the past couple of months. This year my family and I travelled to Croatia and Bosnia for our summer break – both very scenic and interesting locations – although cycling, as we were, in temperatures of 30-35OC did not feel particularly refreshing! During our trip we had an interesting visit to a local third-generation Bee keeperon the Croatian Island of Solta, whose enthusiasm and concern for the health of our pollinators knew no bounds. He was delighted to hear about the outcomes of the multidisciplinary Insect Pollinators Initiative that we supported, summarised in this recently published evaluation. […]

  • Extreme weather…and food production

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    Depending on your perspective you may have been relishing the recent spell of unusually hot and dry weather – if, on the other hand, you are one of the many farmers who have been struggling to combat the heat, drought and feed shortages your view is likely to be quite different. Whatever your thoughts on the ‘summer of 2018’, the extreme weather conditions highlight the importance of boosting the resilience of food production systems in the UK to help ensure food supply is maintained. […]