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  • A coming year of reviews and a personal perspective on dementia

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    A Happy New Year to everybody. Clearly a year that contains a General Election, a spending review and a review of the Research Councils will not be dull!

    I hope the review of the Research Councils will give more opportunities to exemplify the impacts arising from the Research Councils’ investments in research, how we invest collaboratively and dynamically to respond to new challenges and changing priorities and how we are striving to be more efficient. It will also, of course, identify ways in which the Research Councils could be more effective, efficient and innovative in their operations, as indeed all organisations should strive to do. […]

  • Final blog of 2014

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I can’t believe how quickly our 20th anniversary year has flown by – it seems like only yesterday that we were preparing for the launch last January with so many past and present colleagues in Church Hall, Westminster! During the year we have raised over £5000 for our chosen anniversary charities from fundraising efforts in Swindon Office – and there will hopefully be more to come next year when, injuries permitting, I will finally get to do my half-marathon. It has to be said that trying to find the time to train has not been easy now my knee is better – there is so much going on! […]

  • Realising the promise of the bioeconomy

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Recently we in BBSRC have been thinking more holistically about our research and translational activities with a focus on the bioeconomy as it relates to our portfolio. Over the past few years a number of countries (for example, Germany (PDF)) have published Bioeconomy Strategies to provide a focus for funding and industrial activity. One can think of the bioeconomy as encompassing all the economic activity derived from bio-based products and processes. Such products and processes can provide sustainable and resource-efficient solutions for a range of industrial sectors including food, agriculture, chemicals, energy production, health and environmental protection. The size of the bioeconomy is truly staggering – in the EU alone the bioeconomy is estimated to be worth two trillion euros accounting for 22 million jobs, which is about 9% of the EU labour market. Each euro invested in EU-funded bioeconomy research and innovation is estimated to trigger €10 of value added in bioeconomy sectors by 2025. […]

  • Punching above our weight – world-leading UK science

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Most of last week was spent in various universities hearing about some really great science. I met with and talked to students and staff involved in BBSRC funded work at the University of Cambridge. The meetings were held in The Sainsbury Laboratory which is situated in the Botanic Gardens and has been really thoughtfully designed – right down to the Ginkgos planted outside the entrance. […]

  • From New Delhi to Bethnal Green

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    There is only one way to start this week’s blog and that is by thanking everyone involved in putting on the Great British Bioscience Festival in Bethnal Green, East London – as one happy visitor put it "This Bio-science fair ROCKS". The enthusiasm of the scientists running the exhibits, the commitment of the staff involved from BBSRC and the sheer professionalism of it all was wonderful. From swabbing a very life-like chicken’s bottom for bird flu to learning about how bacteria glow in the dark, playing the Camelina Caper and the ‘Beating Badger TB’ interactive games, the standard of the displays was amazing and they were truly geared for all ages. We had over 6,700 visitors in 3 days!! Hopefully we have also convinced adults and children of the importance and wonders of bioscience – check out #GBbioscifest on Twitter to see more. Especially thanks to Patrick Middleton, Becky Kerby and Debbie Shaw from our External Relations team who really went above and beyond to ensure success. […]