In recent weeks, synthetic biology’s potential to revolutionise a wide range of industries has really come to the fore. As part of their breakthrough science and technologies conference series, a Royal Society meeting entitled ‘Synthetic Biology – does industry get it?’ brought together researchers from academia and industry to reflect on recent progress and the potential transformative impact of synthetic biology. […]
On the day that our Prime Minister unveiled a new Industrial Strategy, I was at Norwich Research Park officially launching biotech spin out company, Leaf Systems with the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson.
The new company, based on over 10 years of John Innes Centre research, uses a novel system to speedily and efficiently produce valuable proteins from plants for use in new diagnostics and vaccines. This new approach will enable a more rapid response to emerging pandemics. […]
The beginning of a new year often leads us to reflect on events of the previous year and to look forward, or even predict, ‘hot’ areas for the coming year. I will skip over the reflections of 2016 and instead look forward to some of the key themes for BBSRC in 2017.
One theme that I look forward to continue engaging with and promoting in 2017 is the celebration of inspirational bioscience – from curiosity-inspired research, pushing back the frontiers of bioscience research and understanding, to research motivated by solving a particular challenge or problem. I regularly highlight outcomes of the research BBSRC invests in when I am on external visits and also to BBSRC Council – and it is one of the real pleasures of my role.
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. […]
This past week has been taken up with a visit to Washington DC, partly to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting where RCUK had a significant presence and partly to connect with, and say personal goodbyes to, a number of organisations and individuals with whom BBSRC either already collaborates or might do so in the future.