Tag: people

  • Recognition for unsung heroes of research?

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    When we think about the people involved in research our minds automatically think first about established leaders, then maybe PhD students or post-docs but rarely – if ever – do technicians and other non-faculty staff feature. Yet all of us who work in bioscience know how vital these roles are and how much the individuals in these roles contribute to keeping the UK’s science world leading. […]

  • 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. […]

  • The need to be a good scientific citizen

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    This week’s blog focusses on a topic that I am passionate about – scientific citizenship. Larry Goldstein, from UCSD, discusses scientific citizenship in this video blog and takes the broad perspective that this encompasses life and impacts of science both within the research environment and beyond, including society at large.

    The aspects of scientific citizenship that I would like to concentrate on are those within the research environment. For me it is relatively simple – do to other researchers as you would want to be done to yourself and support the research endeavour. […]

  • Career paths

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    As the Easter holiday period approaches, so the focus in my household is turning to preparation for AS and A-level exams – I’m sure this will be the case for many of you too. I have always been passionate about encouraging young people to be aspirational but we do need to be mindful that career paths can take many twists and turns and there is no one ‘right way’ for everyone. […]

  • First impressions, motivation and allocations

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    In stepping into the role of interim Chief Executive of BBSRC I have been quite overwhelmed by messages of support and have been reassured by many words of encouragement. When I joined BBSRC as Director of Science in October 2012 (initially on secondment from the University of Bath) I didn’t imagine I would eventually be leading the organisation. Such opportunities don’t arise very often and at this particular juncture, as we enter a period of change, it is essential for bioscience to have a strong voice. […]