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Call for more champions to inspire scientists of the future

15 November 2012

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is calling on researchers to apply to become School Regional Champions (SRC), following the success of the UK-wide initiative set up in 2011.

'Science' at Norwich, March 2011. © Norwich Bioscience Institutes photograph by Paul Pople
Science in Norwich Day, March 2011. © Norwich Bioscience Institutes photograph by Paul Pople

Currently BBSRC supports 12 SRC to engage and inspire young people through public engagement activities for secondary schools and young people aged between 11 and 19.

Events include an annual Schools' Day for around 120 GCSE and sixth form students, where students spend the day in the Babraham Institute laboratories experiencing bioscience research alongside 'real scientists'.

BBSRC is looking to appoint a further 13 BBSRC-funded researchers to take up the SRC mantle. Anyone who is either undertaking research on a BBSRC-funded project or who is based at a BBSRC-funded institute or centre can apply.

Speaking about the scheme, Dr Tristan Maclean, BBSRC's Inspiring Young Scientists Co-ordinator, explains: "This is a wonderful opportunity for BBSRC-funded researchers to enthuse the next generation of scientists. Engaging hands-on tasks and interactions with researchers are incredibly rewarding and could help inspire the next big names in science. I would urge anyone interested to get in touch as we provide plenty of support to help you from the application process through to the classroom."

The SRC scheme will ensure that BBSRC funded researchers are able to confidently carry out public engagement linked to research grants, in line with the RCUK Concordat for engaging the public with research. SRCs will be appointed for two years and receive £800 a year to develop and carry out public engagement activities with local schools. They can apply for additional project funding and will also receive travel and accommodation expenses to attend the annual SRC meeting.

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