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BBSRC funds UK bioscience exhibits as part of 20th anniversary activities

BBSRC funds UK bioscience exhibits as part of 20th anniversary activities - 3 March 2014
Highlights from: 20 years of bioscience

As part of its 20th Anniversary programme BBSRC is working with 17 groups of leading scientists to develop exciting exhibitions about their bioscience and engage the British public.

The scientists, from universities and research institutions across the UK, will use the funding to create engaging displays and activities to showcase their BBSRC-funded science.

The researchers will receive up to £10,000 from BBSRC to develop their exhibit for a public audience and attend events within their local area to show it.

Among the subjects covered by the exhibits will be; tackling superbugs, the hidden life of plants, nature's factories and making replacement body parts in the lab.

Patrick Middleton, BBSRC Head of Engagement, said: "BBSRC wants to use the opportunity of it being our 20th anniversary to engage the public with some of the fantastic research we've funded, and the impacts that it has had. These exhibits will reach people across the UK."

In 2014 BBSRC is marking 20 years of pioneering Great British Bioscience, since its formation in 1994.

As part of a programme of anniversary events the exhibits will help showcase some of the world-class bioscience that BBSRC invests in.

In November all of the exhibits will be brought together at the Great British Bioscience Festival in London, organised by BBSRC. The festival will be open to the general public and free to attend.

Full list of exhibits, lead applicants and collaborators:

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About BBSRC

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £467M (2012-2013), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk.
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