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. […]
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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. […]
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. […]
Last Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to host our ‘Fostering Innovation 2016’ event, where BBSRC announced the winners of two competitions that recognise and celebrate innovation.
The Innovator of the Year competition, now in its eighth year, recognises individuals or small teams of researchers who have taken their scientific discoveries and translated them into real-life applications. The winner of the Social Innovator of the year, Barrie Rooney, has developed a rapid diagnostic test for sleeping sickness that will enter field trials in Africa later this year. […]
This week’s blog focusses on a topic that I am passionate about – scientific citizenship. Larry Goldstein, from UCSD, discusses scientific citizenship in this video blog and takes the broad perspective that this encompasses life and impacts of science both within the research environment and beyond, including society at large.
The aspects of scientific citizenship that I would like to concentrate on are those within the research environment. For me it is relatively simple – do to other researchers as you would want to be done to yourself and support the research endeavour. […]