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The Next Generation of Bioscience Researchers

28 November 2005

Over 100 postgraduate and postdoctoral bioscientists are taking part in a two-day conference in London starting today (28 November). The conference, 'The Next Generation of Researchers', is being hosted by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and will give early-career researchers the opportunity to discuss key issues relevant to their careers, including fixed-contract working, getting funding and working in industry.

During the conference funding and training opportunities will be discussed together with practical advice on getting funding. The participants will hear from the chair of a BBSRC committee, who will give a first-hand insight into the peer-review process.

There will be advice relevant for all early-career researchers working in the biosciences in the 21st century. Increasingly bioscience research involves multidisciplinary working and a systems approach to biology. The researchers will hear about how to approach these trends and make the most of them as well as getting advice on collaborating with international partners and working in industry. There will be a discussion on the implications of the recent EU directive on fixed-term contracts, and how this will affect researchers.

Speakers at the event include representatives from industry, the Human Frontier Science Programme and academics at various stages in their research careers.

Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive will be speaking at the opening of the conference and welcoming participants. Professor Goodfellow said, "From my own experience in pursuing a career in the biosciences I know that it can be a tough path, with as many potential obstacles as there are fantastic opportunities. This event presents a valuable opportunity for young bioscience researchers to meet and exchange views with senior scientists and policy makers, to help them build a better understanding of their options and the support mechanisms that are available to assist them in their career choices."


Notes to editors

The conference was open to BBSRC-supported final-year PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers working on a BBSRC grant.

BBSRC provides training and support for early career bioscience researchers in order to sustain the UK's leading position in this field.


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.


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