Tag: strategy

  • Research outcomes data collection – a vital part of the bioscience ecosystem

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    It is that time of year when Research Councils are gathering the outcomes of the research we support in universities and institutes, via our annual Researchfish® data collection exercise.

    I have just completed my own return and was impressed with the changes made. In response to community feedback, the Research Councils have worked with Researchfish® over the past year to redesign the user interface. I hope that, like me, you will find the navigation and submission of information much more straightforward and intuitive (I am a great believer in the fact that if you need to consult the ‘help’ function it’s too complicated!). I particularly like the fact that one can build up a ‘portfolio’ of information which doesn’t need to be linked to a specific grant, but can be helpful for building your CV. I also welcome the ability to link directly with ORCID iDs. […]

  • Launching a new bioscience spin out and a new Industrial Strategy for the UK

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    On the day that our Prime Minister unveiled a new Industrial Strategy, I was at Norwich Research Park officially launching biotech spin out company, Leaf Systems with the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson.

    The new company, based on over 10 years of John Innes Centre research, uses a novel system to speedily and efficiently produce valuable proteins from plants for use in new diagnostics and vaccines. This new approach will enable a more rapid response to emerging pandemics. […]

  • Biological transformation

    Uncategorized | Celia Caulcott

    Prof Jackie Hunter is away during early January so her regular blog is hosting guest posts from other BBSRC staff during the next fortnight. This week’s guest author is Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC’s Executive Director for Innovation and Skills and executive lead for industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.

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    Celia Caulcott.

    I spent a few days in Cumbria over the holiday period, which is remarkably relevant to many aspects of BBSRC. One of the major industries there is food and farming, not least hill farming. All highly relevant to the Oxford Farming Conference at which the Secretary of State for Defra emphasised as one of the three priorities for the Department going forward is the challenge of growing the rural economy (PDF). Another focus he pointed to is that of our national security in relation to plant and animal disease: a major area of BBSRC investment is in research in these areas and in critical infrastructure such as the new high containment labs being constructed at Pirbright. The Agritech Catalyst, announced recently, will be an important route to supporting research in this area. […]

  • Food for thought

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Agriculture and food security in various forms were the main areas of focus during the past week. The agri-food chain (i.e. from farm to fork) contributes about £96Bn to the UK economy and is equivalent to 7% GVA (gross value added). It also provides over 3M jobs.

    The UK government recently recognised the importance of the agri-tech sector and published a strategy earlier in the year for the industry. The aim is to ensure that the UK becomes a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability both in the UK and globally. I attended my first meeting of the leadership council for the Agri-Tech Strategy whose chair is Judith Batchelar from Sainsbury’s. It will be important going forward that all the key stakeholders work together, including industry, to drive the strategy forward. BBSRC has been very active in this area in the past and the Diet and Health Research Industry Club has been particularly successful and we will continue to play a very active role. […]

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, and the GCSA at Rothamsted Research

    Uncategorized | Douglas Kell

    I had a ‘double header’ last week with the Royal Society of Chemistry, the first being a most interesting meeting to discuss how best to develop the Open Data agenda with a variety of chemical data. It is certainly true that while chemical reactions can be described using a Chemical Markup Language, that in most common use has achieved comparatively little penetration among chemists. This contrasts with the near-universal use of markup languages such as SBML and CellML in systems biology to describe biochemical reaction networks, and including the use and availability of sophisticated ontologies and substantial repositories.  Clearly these two communities can learn a great deal from each other.

    The second was an agreeable networking meeting at the Royal Academy. […]