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On behalf of a consortium of sponsors, BBSRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor James Naismith FRS FRSE FMedSci to the role of Director of the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), effective from 1 June 2017. RCaH is an innovative venture created to provide a vibrant research culture on the unique Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site and develop a leading multi-disciplinary centre of scientific excellence, maximising the opportunities for research and international collaboration provided by Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and the Central Laser Facility (collectively the UK Large Facilities).

BBSRC plays a crucial role in the health and vibrancy of UK bioscience. We are an investor in research and training, with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Twice a year, the Queen awards honours to recognise individuals for their service to the UK. A number of members of the scientific and research community have been recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours list, reflecting the importance of discovery and innovation to the UK.