At the time of writing I am heading back from the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum meeting, held in Kyoto, Japan. The STS forum was established 13 years ago and attracts leaders from academia, industry, funding agencies and governments from around the world. The forum is very much focused on discussion and I was delighted to present as part of the plenary session on ‘Delivering healthcare to the world’. The focus of my talk was the potential of microbiome research and I was pleased at the level of interest and positive feedback I received – a Canadian delegate commented with surprise on the 2kg of microorganisms in his gut! […]
As I prepare to go on my summer holidays I’ve been thinking about all that has happened since I took up the role of CE at BBSRC on 1 March 2016 – the David Bowie classic ‘Changes’ jumps immediately to mind.
In my first week (day two to be precise) BBSRC received notification of our funding allocation from the comprehensive spending review, including the creation of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), an opportunity which has brought a new focus on research to tackle the challenges faced by low and middle income countries. […]
Last Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to host our ‘Fostering Innovation 2016’ event, where BBSRC announced the winners of two competitions that recognise and celebrate innovation.
The Innovator of the Year competition, now in its eighth year, recognises individuals or small teams of researchers who have taken their scientific discoveries and translated them into real-life applications. The winner of the Social Innovator of the year, Barrie Rooney, has developed a rapid diagnostic test for sleeping sickness that will enter field trials in Africa later this year. […]
Well a bit of a shock to the system to be back at work but it certainly beats squelching around in a very wet and muddy garden.
Our beagle had another fit at the weekend which continues to remind me of the importance of the One Health agenda. I was talking at the inaugural meeting of the Veterinary Vaccinology Network in Manchester last week on the subject of open innovation and its potential for veterinary vaccinology. […]
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. […]