Tag: Innovator of the Year

  • India, impact and innovators

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I was delighted to make my first trip to India recently, representing UKRI at the ‘Together for Impact’ celebrations marking a decade of India-UKRI partnership and to officially launch UKRI India. Some examples of UK-India collaborations can be viewed in this video, with more detail on a decade of cooperation available in this report (PDF).

    BBSRC has been building relationships with our Indian counterparts, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in particular, for the past two decades. BBSRC first signed an MoU with DBT in 1996 and then in 2006 we launched our India Partnering Award scheme, enabling BBSRC-supported researchers to forge long-term relationships with Indian counterparts (this year’s competition is open until 15 Nov 2018). With DBT we have funded joint research in bioenergy, livestock disease and crop production and with the availability of additional resources, via GCRF and the Newton Fund, have explored novel ways of partnering through sandpits (in aquaculture), joint centres (nitrogen in agriculture) and with other UKRI partners in reducing waste and enhancing use of agricultural data. […]

  • What a week that was for showcasing bioscience!

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    The week commencing 14 May 2018 was certainly one to remember for all of the opportunities it brought to showcase UK bioscience across the nation.

    As part of the formal launch of UK Research and Innovation, we were delighted that on Monday the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gymiah, visited the soon to be completed Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park. The Minister was accompanied by UK Research and Innovation CEO Sir Mark Walport and I, along with other partners including Quadram’s Director, Ian Charles, University of East Anglia Vice-Chancellor David Richardson and Mark Davis, CE of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals. Minister Gymiah met early career researchers and heard about their work on understanding antimicrobial resistance, food-bourne pathogens and the importance the gut microbiome plays in shaping our health. Both the Minister and Sir Mark talked about the important place that multidisciplinary institutes have in the UK’s research and innovation ecosystem and recognised the unique aspects of the Quadram Institute, bringing together fundamental bioscience research on food and health with clinical endoscopy services. A personal moment for me during the visit was being interviewed for BBC Look East – a programme I grew up with and one that I had never imagined I would appear on! […]

  • A look ahead for 2018

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    It is customary, close to the beginning of each New Year, to consider what the year ahead might hold, so my first blog of the year sets out some of my thoughts and predictions.

    For 2018, I anticipate we will see an increasing emphasis on discovery research. The importance of researcher-led discovery science is something which I have often heard members of our research community speak passionately about – and is something which I am a fervent supporter of too. Through BBSRC’s ‘Frontier Bioscience’ theme we have highlighted our commitment and support for discovery research – and I hope this will become increasingly apparent throughout the coming year. […]

  • Inspiration, innovation and industrial strategy

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    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.

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  • Celebrating innovation

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    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. […]