Tag: plants

  • Biology week!

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    I was delighted, once again, to join in the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology week celebrations, including the Parliamentary reception and #IAmABiologist Twitter campaign. In whatever way you identify as a biologist, I hope you joined in with the latter and I wonder what your motivation has been for pursuing biology – mine was a fascination with understanding how living organisms ‘worked’.

    Biology Week offers a fantastic opportunity to recognise the breadth of biology and its impacts, and the reception in Parliament was a great way to ensure that our Politicians have an understanding and awareness of this too. […]

  • Plant science, oenomics and H2020 funding

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    BBSRC’s investments are key to supporting plant science research in the UK. Our plant scientists lead the world in understanding the fundamentals of plant biology – knowledge that is now being applied to key agricultural crops across the globe. Despite the importance of plant science, it tends to lack prominence in many A-level biology and UK university courses and I recall being one of only 12 students (out of ~100) who studied plant biochemistry when I was an undergraduate. Initiatives that raise the profile of, and opportunities in, plant science to undergraduate students are, therefore, very welcome and, in relation to this, I was delighted to be the closing plenary speaker at the recent Gatsby Plant Science Summer School. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Big announcements

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    The last week has been fairly momentous for me on the personal front as I announced last Monday that I will be leaving BBSRC at the end of February, after the spending review allocations. This is something that I do with mixed emotions as I have really enjoyed my time at BBSRC and working with the fabulous team here at the Swindon office. I will also miss the interactions with the institutes and the researchers we fund at universities. I have learnt a lot about the many different aspects of BBSRC science from wheat to gribbles but I still have three months left and there’s a lot to do!! […]

  • Agricultural innovation and academic-industry interactions

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    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. […]