People, skills and training news
The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has announced the appointment of Professor Melanie Welham as interim Chief Executive of BBSRC. She will take over from Prof Jackie Hunter who is leaving BBSRC at the end of February.
BBSRC has funded five universities across the UK to provide training programmes in strategically important and vulnerable skills for bioscientists in the first round of its Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) scheme. In total BBSRC will fund around £150,000 over three years to provide the postgraduate-level training, in areas of significant need for clearly defined academic and industrial sectors.
BBSRC has funded three new public engagement projects to produce on-farm activities that will inspire and educate people about the science behind farming and food production. The activities will be used by farmers and visiting scientists at LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday on 5 June 2016.