People, skills and training news
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.
Two teams of enterprising scientists scooped top prizes in a business competition for biotechnology and environmental start-up companies at the scheme’s 20th anniversary event. The two competitions, the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) and Environment YES sees early-career researchers from bioscience and environmental sciences develop skills and learn about taking their research into the marketplace.