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The winners of BBSRC’s two innovation and impact competitions were announced at a ceremony last night. BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2016 is Professor Tom Brown, from the University of Oxford for his for high impact serial entrepreneurship in DNA chemistry and outstanding commitment to innovation.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today launched an action plan to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in research, recognising its leadership role in driving a change in culture. This follows RCUK’s Statement of Expectations for Equality and Diversity, published in 2013, and outlines our ambitions to lead by example in ensuring a diverse workforce; challenge bias and work towards fair and inclusive funding processes; and lead and support change in the research community.

BBSRC is looking to appoint suitably qualified and motivated individuals from academia, industry and other BBSRC user communities to join our Pool of Experts, Strategy Advisory Panels and Follow-on-Fund Committee. This is an opportunity to work with other highly experienced people from across the academic, public, private and civil sectors to make an important contribution to the future direction of bioscience research.