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Environmental change review

October 2008

Review of BBSRC research relevant to environmental change (PDF 456KB)

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This review, which reported to Council in October 2008, is part of our ongoing series of strategic reviews aimed at informing the Council's future direction and priorities.  It complements previous reviews of BBSRC-funded research of relevance to sustainable agriculture, crop science, farm animal genomics, bioenergy and microbial science.

The review panel, chaired by Professor Alistair Hetherington of the University of Bristol, consisted of experts in a range of relevant disciplines from universities (UK and USA), research institutes, industry and user organisations, and met 4 times over the course of the review.  The review also included a consultation in order to solicit views from a wide range of stakeholders.

Environmental change (including climate change) represents one of the greatest challenges facing humankind over the coming decades.  Research will be essential to enable analysis and prediction of the changes and to allow the development of strategies for adaptation and mitigation of their impacts.  The report made recommendations on future priorities for BBSRC research as well as on mechanisms for their successful implementation.  

The report provided an important contribution to BBSRC’s ongoing strategic priority in relation to food security.

Further developments

Visit the Living With Environmental Change website

'Living with environmental change' is one of the Council-wide strategic priorities for funding (see related links).

BBSRC is a partner in the multi-funder Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme (see external links). One example of new funding opportunities under LWEC was the insect pollinators initiative.