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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:

  • Rooting in the Underworld: Exploring the Hidden Half of Plants
    Professor Malcolm Bennett, The University of Nottingham
  • Antibiotic Hunters
    Professor Mervyn Bibb, John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia
  • How do we catch infections?
    Dr Sheena Cruickshank, The University of Manchester
  • Microneedles: Taking the pain out of injections
    Dr Ryan, Queen's University Belfast
  • The Complex Life of Sugars
    Professor Sabine Flitsch, The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool and John Innes Centre
  • Miniature to massive: the micro-world in your hands
    Professor Chris Hawes, Oxford Brookes University
  • Food, environment and energy – grass secures their future
    Dr Athole Marshall, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University
  • Tackling bovine TB in the field
    Professor Robbie McDonald, University of Exeter and At-Bristol science centre
  • Alpha and Omega: making fish oils in GM plants
    Professor Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted Research and University of Stirling
  • Scaffolds and cells – making replacement body parts in the lab
    Professor Richard Oreffo, University of Southampton
  • Nature's Factories
    Professor Anne Osbourn, John Innes Centre and Science Art and Writing Trust
  • Many bugs make light work
    Professor Vyv Salisbury, University of the West of England
  • Biofilms: Building Bacterial Cities
    Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall, University of Dundee
  • Animal Cultures: Nature's Second Inheritance System
    Professor Andrew Whiten, University of St Andrews, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo and Newcastle University
  • Flu Fighters
    Professor Paul Digard, The Roslin Institute (The University of Edinburgh) and Dr Colin Butter, The Pirbright Institute
  • Running, jumping and flying: the science and art of animal locomotion
    Professor Alan Wilson, Royal Veterinary College
  • A Twisted Bug's Life
    Dr Elli Wright, University of Liverpool and The University of Manchester
  • Friends in lower places
    Professor Parveen Yaqoob, University of Reading and University of Oxford
  • Electrostatic interactions between flowers and bees
    Professor Daniel Robert, University of Bristol



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