Bioactive Natural Products: translating promise into practice

11 July 2016 – 13 July 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom

The RSC Biotechnology Group, NPRONET and other sponsors invite you to a residential conference focused on contemporary scientific research which will facilitate the therapeutic use of small molecules derived from natural sources. The tradition of using naturally occurring small molecules as medicines is thousands of years old, but many front-line pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals in contemporary use owe their origins to natural sources. Modern research methods have brought back into the spotlight the concept of developing novel biomedical and agrochemical products from so-called natural products

More information and registration available here


The Workshop is free and is open to all interested stakeholders working on industrial biotechnology.
The objective of the Workshop is to feed into the UK bioeconomy strategy and specifically into the report on the potential of and barriers to the bioeconomy being prepared for BBSRC /BIS during the Spring of 2016. The Workshop is complementary to the work undertaken in the IBLF and wants to highlight what the sector can contribute towards creating the Northern Powerhouse.

More information at

John Innes – Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 10-18, 2016

Applications are warmly invited for the sixth in the series of John Innes – Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 10-18, 2016 with the title “Microbial Diversity and Specialised Metabolites”. Full details, including the availability of grants to attend the summer school, are at

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2016.

Industrial Biotechnology Skills Conference and Workshop, 18-19 May 2016, Manchester


This two-day BBSRC event, developed in conjunction Cogent Skills and the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum, is an opportunity for early career researchers to discover more about possible career paths in Industrial Technology, including those outside the laboratory. This event will feature career development workshops and activities, as well as sessions from individuals in academia & industry highlighting various career paths and opportunities.

This event will bring together a mix of early career researchers from 9 BBSRC NIBB. NPRONET will sponsor up to 10 people to attend this event free of charge, these places are available to PhD students, Post-docs, and early career industry researchers.

Newton Fund Opportunities

with FAPESP, Säo Paulo Research Foundation. Please see below links for further information, the calls are not topic specific so relate to all areas of IBBE.

For Visiting Researchers (Short-term and Medium to Long-term):
The applicant should be an eligible PI in the State of São Paulo in collaboration with a researcher from the UK.

For Young Investigators (Early Career Researchers) at:
The applicant should be an Early Career Researcher from the UK, seeking a placement in a Brazilian Institution.

Funding opportunities related to Antimicrobial Resistance

There are currently three funding opportunities related to Antimicrobial Resistance available.

Tackling AMR Theme 1: Understanding resistant bacteria in context of the host – Click for more informationDeadline 2nd September, 4pm

Tackling AMR Theme 2: Accelerating therapeutic and diagnostics development – Click for more informationDeadline 2nd September, 4pm

Combatting Antimicrobial ResistanceClick for more informationDeadline 24th September, 4pm

Members Area

The NPRONET members area is now up and running! Sign up via the membership page and you will receive a password to access the members area in due course. The members area includes a searchable directory of NPRONET members and primary expertise. Also available presentations from the recent NPRONET kick-off meeting