Tag: animal health

  • Agricultural innovation and academic-industry interactions

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    One of the best bits of my job is visiting researchers across the range of biosciences in the BBSRC portfolio. This week I went to Harper Adams University in Shropshire and had a fabulous time seeing the range of basic and applied research that they are undertaking. There is no doubt of the need for innovation in the agri-food chain to drive productivity, not just in the sector but for the UK. This was emphasised at the launch of Defra’s consultation on a 25 year strategy for food and farming by the Minister, George Eustice MP. Harper Adams is very well placed to be part of driving that innovation. […]

  • Research, Innovate, Grow

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    The last few weeks have been important for UK science. I was heavily involved working with a team across the Research Councils to stage the RCUK Research, Innovate, Grow event that was held on 2 July in Westminster. The aim of this event was to showcase the exciting research that the Research Councils invest in from both an academic and industrial point of view, identify key areas of focus and issues to address going forward. There were some really excellent talks including from speakers representing AstraZeneca, Rolls Royce, the Farr Institute, EMBL-EBI, Synthace, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Innovate UK. […]

  • Back to blogging! New Bioscience for Health strategic publications

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Well it’s good to be back blogging after purdah and holidays – I can definitely recommend the beaches of Brittany although perhaps not in May if you want to be guaranteed perfect weather! Just before purdah started BBSRC published two important documents in Bioscience for Health. The first was a strategic research framework in Bioscience for Health, 2015-2020 (PDF). This framework will be a living document, responsive to emerging opportunities for excellent research and innovation but does provide a set of long term goals for our research portfolio in this area. It links with our ambitions for the new centre for food and health at Norwich where we plan some very exciting science in many areas including the microbiome and its role in health and disease. Within the Bioscience for Health Strategy there are four challenge areas: lifelong health, nutrition for health, one health and biotechnology for health. […]

  • Inspirational women and inspiring Scottish science

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I was very privileged to be one of 450 women invited to attend the 60th Women of the Year 2014 lunch. It was a humbling experience to be in the same room with so many successful, interesting and courageous women. The awards went to women who have made a real difference to people’s lives – from defending human rights in Zimbabwe (Beatrice Mtetwa) to rising above very difficult personal circumstances to help others cope with poverty (Jack Munroe). All of the award winners and the other nominees had an inspiring story to tell. The Women of the Year Foundation was started in 2001 and supports a number of disadvantaged women both in the UK and abroad to start over and improve their lives either through retraining or in business, thereby realising their true potential – the web page accepts donations should you wish to donate! […]

  • Big data challenges and animal welfare

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Despite the unseasonably warm weather, it’s clearly the end of the holiday season. Having had some time off recently allowed me some time for reading. This not only involved the usual cheap thriller but also an opportunity to catch up on other books that have been sitting on the shelf.

    One book that I think is particularly relevant in this age of big data was ‘The Signal and the Noise: the art and science of prediction’ by Nate Silver. He is a statistician and political forecaster and the book addresses some of the issues we face when the growth of data exceeds our capacity to process it. He warns of the dangers of becoming ‘too starry-eyed’ about what science and technology might accomplish and of inferring causality from mere correlation. […]