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Next generation of bioscience talent gathering in Newcastle

4 November 2008

A cross-section of early-career bioscientists will gather in Newcastle later this week to gain advice from leading figures in the world of science about planning their career paths. The Next Generation Conference, hosted and organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is being held over two days (6-7 November) and aims to keep the UK at the forefront of bioscience research by guiding postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers through funding applications, industry interactions, working with the media and different jobs in the science sector.

This year’s programme includes first-hand accounts from scientists working in industry, academic research and science policy on their career paths, followed later by a question and answer session with a panel of researchers representing various career choices. There will also be advice on how to secure funding and fellowships and on the importance of developing professional generic and ‘softer’ skills essential in the modern job market.

Dr Ian Lyne, Head of Postgraduate Training and Research Career Development at BBSRC and Chair of a series of careers talks at the conference, said: "The twentieth century was defined by silicon – the computer and the internet – the twenty-first century will be defined by biology and developments in the life sciences. We need a highly-skilled and talented pool of researchers to keep the UK at the forefront of global developments and to help maximise the economic impact of bioscience research. The annual Next Generation conference is one of BBSRC’s commitments to supporting future bioscience talent at the earliest stages of their careers."

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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 around 2,000 PhD students and promotes the use of 4-year PhD programmes through its flexible Doctoral Training Grants in order to sustain the UK's leading position in this field. BBSRC also supports around 1,600 postdoctoral researchers working on BBSRC research grants.

BBSRC, through the Research Councils UK partnership, also funds the Vitae career development programme. The Vitae programme has been established to help support the provision of generic professional skills and career development for both PhD and postdoctoral students. http://www.vitae.ac.uk

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 £420M 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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