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BBSRC congratulates winners of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education

19 November 2009

Prof Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has congratulated the winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education, announced in London last night.

Three of the award recipients received prizes for research work either funded by or associated with BBSRC. These were the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, a former institute of BBSRC, Lancaster University and Newcastle University.

Prof Kell said: “I personally congratulate all of the winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. It is an exceptional achievement and an accolade they can be rightly proud of.

“The three Prize winners based on BBSRC science are standard bearers for UK bioscience. They have demonstrated how the nation’s world-class bioscience research base is mobilising to meet the challenges we face in the 21st Century. It is particularly pleasing to see the winners being recognised for achievement in areas identified by BBSRC as strategically important – food security and healthier ageing.”

IBERS received the award for the work of its scientists to combine fundamental plant genetic research with the development of commercial plant varieties. Lancaster University scientists received the prize for research to develop plants able to cope with drought conditions and for working with BBSRC and commercial partners to develop training programmes for young scientists applicable to the needs of industry. Both prizes recognise the importance of basic plant science in contributing to helping the world in meeting the growing food security challenge.

As populations age in developed countries helping to ensure people can stay healthy and active for as long as possible is an increasing challenge. Newcastle University was honoured for research addressing this challenge – looking at understanding the processes of ageing and thereby helping our ageing population to live healthier longer lives. Newcastle is home to the BBSRC-funded Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition (CISBAN).

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded by the Royal Anniversary Trust to honour work of outstanding importance and quality in higher and further education in the UK.


Notes to editors

For more information about the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes see The Royal Anniversary Trust -

For more details on the individual prize recipients please see the press releases from the relevant institutions:

IBERS, Aberystwyth University -
Lancaster University -
Newcastle University -


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 £450M 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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