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

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) –

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. – 


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) – 

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. –

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). – 

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.