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Research networks

We participate in several major national research and research funding networks:

We have also funded a series of research networks, intended to support community building in these particular thematic areas:

BioImaging UK
Chemical biology
Data Visualisation
Metagenomics
Multi-Scale Biology
Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB)
Plant Phenomics
UK Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)
Veterinary Vaccinology Network

Further information, including how to join a network, can be accessed through the links below:

BioImaging UK

A multi-funder network (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust) established with the aim to tackle challenges cross-cutting the bioimaging community including; training, outreach to the wider imaging community, careers, and definition of strategic priorities for the community. The Principal Investigator is Professor Jason Swedlow (University of Dundee). www.bioimaginguk.org/index.php/BioImagingUK

Chemical biology

Funded by BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC, with investment from over 20 user organisations, to improve collaboration between academia and industry at the chemical biology interface in areas such as drug discovery, biocatalysis and agri-chemicals (see also in external links).

The academic collaborators leading seven networks are:

  • Dr Laura Barter (Imperial College London): Agri-Science Chemical Biology Network
    AGRI-net
  • Professor Weng Chan (The University of Nottingham): Cell Control in a Petri Dish (CCPD) Collaborative Network
  • Professor Beining Chen (The University of Sheffield): Stem Cells, Prion Proteins and Alzheimer's Diseases: A Prion Chemical Biology Network (PCBNet)
  • Professor David Klug (Imperial College London) and Professor Andrew Wilson (University of Leeds): Protein-Protein Interaction Inhibitors: From Design and Synthesis, Through Biophysics to Cell Permeable Inhibitors
    Protein-Protein Interactions Network (PPI-Net)
  • Professor Jason Micklefield (The University of Manchester): Manchester Chemical Biology Network
    www.lab.ls.manchester.ac.uk/mcbn
  • Professor Nick Tomkinson (Cardiff University): Alignment of Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry and Structural Genomics to Accelerate UK Drug Discovery: Network SMS-Drug
    www.smsdrug.net
  • Professors Paul Wyatt and Ian Gilbert (University of Dundee): 3D Libraries Consortium

Data Visualisation

The Data Visualisation network was intended to provide a forum for researchers who have data to visualise to come together with researchers who develop data visualisations. The Principal Investigator is Professor Jessie Kenedy (Edinburgh Napier). The network was funded in March 2014. bivi.co

Metagenomics

ComMet, the metagenomics network was funded from February 2014 on recommendation of the BBSRC Metagenomics Expert Working Group. The network is intended to bring together researchers interested in metagenomics to discuss challenges associated with using metagenomics techniques. The principal Investigator is Professor Elizabeth Wellington (Warwick). www.metagenomics.uk

Multi-Scale Biology

The Multi-Scale Biology (MSB) network was funded in February 2015 on recommendation of the Digital Organisms Expert Working Group and the Exploiting New Ways of Working Strategy Advisory Panel. It aims to build a multi-disciplinary community with a common interest in developing and applying multi-scale biology techniques and is led by Professor Markus Owen. www.multiscalebiology.org.uk

Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB)

In 2014, together with support from EPSRC, we funded 13 Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) across a range of IBBE relevant areas. These networks are setup to foster collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in IBBE and also look for international opportunities. Please visit our Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) page for further details.

Plant Phenomics

The UK Plant Phenotyping Network (UK PPN) was funded in 2012 with the intention of coordinating the development of internationally competitive phenomics research capability in the UK. The Principal Investigator is Professor John Doonan (IBERS). www.ukppn.org.uk

UK Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN)

The UK Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN), led by Mike Mendl (Bristol) was funded in January 2016. The AWRN aims to bring together the UK animal welfare research community, researchers in related areas and stakeholders with interests in animal welfare, to identify important research topics, foster collaboration and support and encourage research activities.
awrn.co.uk

Veterinary Vaccinology Network

This networks aims to foster a multi-disciplinary community to enhance the uptake of new tools and technologies and address the unmet needs in protective immunity, in order to design, develop and deliver safe and efficacious next generation vaccines. The network will draw together the major UK research players to advance the field. www.vetvaccnet.ac.uk