As a one-time bioenergeticist, ATP usually means adenosine triphosphate, a so-called high-energy phosphate compound used as a means of storing chemical potential (i.e. free energy) in cells. In the present case, however, it means our Advanced Training Partnerships, that were recently announced, and last week I formally signed off some of the grant announcement letters themselves. The ATPs have been cleverly designed, with extensive stakeholder engagement, to ensure that they really will deliver training shaped to the needs of users, and are an exciting new part of our delivery.
I also led the latest quarterly talk to all BBSRC (and BBSRC-hosted) staff based in Polaris House. These talks always include a pot-pourri of topics, and this one included a presentation by BBSRC’s Louisa Jenkin of activities in our third core theme of Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health, not least our programme in the biology of healthy ageing – a topic that is probably of universal interest. [...]