Following our latest Audit Board meeting, I made an appearance (available for a while to be viewed on Parliament TV) before the very distinguished House of Lords Science and Technology Committee to discuss the RCUK implementation of the Open Access (OA) agenda. The draft transcript of that will be forthcoming before too long, and will soon enough be published. Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts also gave evidence, just after us.
This year, BBSRC sponsored a Table at the annual dinner of the BioIndustry Association, where we were delighted to host the Minister – who gave a short and very upbeat speech about the prospects for Biotechnology – and other guests. We were also very pleased that Council member Andy Richards received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and that the winners of this year’s Biotechnology YES competition were in attendance. The BIA also published a second report (PDF) on Citizens’ Innovation funds, as one way to help fund biotechs, while the Government Office for Science published an interesting report (PDF) on assisting engagement between academia and policymakers. [...]