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BBSRC welcomes launch of Science [So What? So Everything]

28 January 2009

BBSRC has welcomed the launch today of the Government’s [Science – So What? So Everything] campaign and endorsed its objective of boosting the public’s engagement with science.

BBSRC Chief Executive, Prof Douglas Kell, said: "We are fully behind the objectives of increasing public engagement with science and highlighting the science around us in everyday life. BBSRC has long been at the forefront of public engagement activities and programmes such as the recent stem cell dialogue have demonstrated the real benefits to both the public and scientists of this approach.

"I am pleased that BBSRC will be presenting its newly launched Sustainable Bioenergy Centre at the Building the Britain of the Future Expo. The event will be a unique opportunity to showcase the key role science and innovation will play in building tomorrow’s Britain and the place of sustainable bioenergy to replace petrol and diesel with sustainable, clean fuel from plants."

ENDS

Notes to editors

The campaign has been designed and supported by DIUS working in partnership with the seven UK Research Councils, the Technology Strategy Board, the Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Science Association, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Science [So What? So Everything] is aimed at people of all ages but supports and complements work funded by DCSF such as the websites www.futuremorph.org and www.scienceandmaths.net designed as a resource for young people and schools to show just some of the amazing and unexpected careers that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can lead to.

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. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.

The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

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