GCRF Call for Evidence


RCUK have launched a call for evidence to gather views on the high-level challenges that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be shared with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. Your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF would also be appreciated.

Input is being requested from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK, so please feel free to highlight wider.

The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August.

OpenPlant Forum and Industry-Academia Networking Event

25th – 27th July 2016
John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich

The OpenPlant Forum is the annual meeting of the BBSRC-EPSRC funded OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. Funded under the Synthetic Biology for Growth programme, the Centre promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and biotechnology.

The OpenPlant Forum will provide a platform for a multidisciplinary exploration of applications for reprogrammed plant and agricultural systems, and the wider implications of potentially disruptive new technologies. The first day will investigate the growing potential for reprogramming plant feedstocks, and the relative benefits of these systems for bioproduction. Following on from this, the second day will focus on the tools that will enable innovation and exchange to realise the growing potential.

The Forum will be preceded by an industry-academia networking event focussed on platforms and chassis for plant synthetic biology.

The OpenPlant Forum and industry-academia networking event are open to all and free to attend. Please register via the OpenPlant website: www.openplant.org/openplantforum. If you have any queries, please contact colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk.

Job Opportunity at Croda – Research and Technology Manager, Ditton, Widnes.

Croda currently have an exciting opportunity for a Research & Technology Manager to lead the Biotechnology Research team at our site in Widnes, Cheshire. The Biotechnology Group is responsible for the discovery and development of a variety of natural ingredients from microbial sources for application across our business interests. The group is also responsible for process development of biotransformations / fermentations from laboratory scale to full-scale manufacturing. The successful candidate will manage a small team of research scientists and a maturing product pipeline. The role also involves a strong outward focus of open innovation, interacting with the academic community and other partners in the product supply chain across the Croda business activities. More information available here

Biotechnology YES 2016 – Closing date 27th May, 2016

Biotechnology YES 2016
Are you an early career researcher? Do you want to diversify your life experience and professionally develop your range of attributes? If so, say yes to taking part in YES!

YES is an innovative competition which aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of scientific ideas among the research community. YES has been running for 21 years and has a track record of inspiring postgraduates to take their careers somewhere they may not have previously imagined.