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What do you think about biodiversity research?

11 July 2005

Public discussion meeting, Glasgow Science Centre
5-7pm, 13 July 2005

People’s views on how we conserve and use the rich variety of species on the planet is being sought by one of the UK’s biggest public bioscience funders.

Research into biodiversity could provide us with new medicines, help us feed a growing world population and deal with the challenges of climate change. As part of a wide consultation process the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is holding a public discussion meeting at the Glasgow Science Centre on 13 July to help inform its policy on biodiversity research.

Research supported by BBSRC underpins developments in agriculture and helps us use biodiversity more effectively. BBSRC is seeking the views of stakeholders, including the public, on a formal policy on what biodiversity research it is willing to support and to clearly define its interest in an area that is critical in underpinning a huge range of scientific questions.

Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive, said, “we want to make sure that we get as wide a range of views as possible as we define BBSRC’s policy on biodiversity. The meeting in Glasgow will give people the opportunity to let us know their views and for BBSRC to listen to what they have to say.”

BBSRC currently has an exhibition, joint with the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), titled Biodiversity – what on earth is it? at the Glasgow Science Centre and people attending the discussion meeting will have the opportunity to view the exhibition. Wine and light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The interactive exhibition, Biodiversity: what on earth is it?, was launched at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on 21 May to coincide with ‘Scottish Biodiversity Week’. The exhibition, designed and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) http://www.nerc.ac.uk, is spending the summer at the Glasgow Science Centre. A tour of the UK is planned.

The closing date of the public consultation is 31 July 2005.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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