Tag: farming

  • Small surprises and farmers in Oxford

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    The start of a year is often a time for reflection on the previous 12 months and a look forward to the year ahead.

    Shortly before the Christmas break a request came through at short notice inviting me to meet with the Minister for Science and senior colleagues from the Ugandan government. The first surprise was that diaries worked. I was not sure what to expect as while we support some projects with links to Uganda, especially in the areas of animal and plant disease, they have not traditionally been a partner. And here was the second surprise – the 5-strong delegation were keen to learn more about UKRI, more about BBSRC and particularly our interests in the bioeconomy, which, with a different focus, they see as a major opportunity for development in Uganda. They were also very interested to understand how we fund research and innovation, as they are in the early stages of establishing their new Ministry. I very much enjoyed the discussions and at the end of the meeting had a huge sense of fulfilment; if I had in any way helped shape their thinking it was a meeting well worth the time and a satisfying, if surprising, way to round off a busy year. […]

  • Looking back – building the bioeconomy

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Over the next few weeks, until I leave BBSRC at the end of the month, I want to focus on some of the areas of the BBSRC portfolio activities which I think have been particularly important in terms of our deliverables over the last two and half years.

    BBSRC’s spending review preparations have focused very much on our role in building the bioeconomy and in driving the argument for a Bioeconomy Strategy for the UK. […]