Friday, September 28, 2012

Funding News: September


The BBSRC invites applications for its Partnering Awards, which seek to set up partnership links between UK and overseas laboratories; promote the exchange of scientists, particularly early career scientists; and promote access to facilities.
Brazil Partnering Awards: These awards are run as a joint call with the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) of Brazil. UK and Brazilian partners must submit separate applications to their respective funding bodies. Although there are no restrictions on the scientific area for applications; priority will be given to the areas of Food Security and Bionergy and Industrial Biotechnology.
The BBSRC will provide up to £50,000 for applications by single researchers and up to £100,000 for projects with multiple partners or consortia. The scheme is open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at BBSRC institutes who are in receipt of BBSRC research funding (BBSRC grants must not have expired before the start of the award). Consortia of academics may also apply, with one person acting as the lead.
Deadline: 14 November 2012 (17:00)
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This call aims to fund workshops that stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy and match scientists from the UK with other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration. Workshops can be held overseas or in the UK. Around 8 awards are available each year, or approximately £10,000 each.
The scheme is open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at BBSRC-sponsored institutes who are in receipt of BBSRC research funding. Consortia of academics may also apply, with one person acting as the lead. Although applications may be for collaborations with any country, collaborations with the US, Canada, Brazil, EU member states, Japan, China, India, Australia, and New Zealand are particularly encouraged.
Deadline: 14 November 2012 (17:00) 
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Partner News: September

Rothamsted scientists identify growing threat to cereal crops 

Scientists at the Rothamsted Research have identified a growing threat from the grain aphid (Sitobion avenae), a major crop pest that can reduce farmers' yields by damaging cereal crops and spreading plant diseases, most notably the Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV).
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Sir David Baulcombe, Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, is the recipient of the 2012 Balzan Prize 

"For his fundamental contribution to the understanding of epigenetics and its role in cell and tissue development under normal and stressful conditions". The Prize will be presented during the award ceremony to be held in Rome on November 14.
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NIAB New flexible agri-food training programme launches at Livestock 2012 

The Advanced Training Partnership for Sustainable and Efficient Food Production (ATP Pasture) launched its flexible training programme at Livestock 2012 on the 4th September. The partnership consists of three institutions: the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Bangor University and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).
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Events September


CPPS Lecture: 

Cereal Genomics 25 October 2012
Speaker: Keith Edwards, Bristol University
Venue: Sainsbury Laboratory, 1pm (note change in time)
The lecture will be followed by Networking.

We are trying to increase the efficiency of networking, so if you are planning to come, could you send a brief paragraph about your R&D interests to This would allow pre-meeting 'match-making' with other attendees. 



John Innes:

FRI 28 SEPT 2012 
Pervasive transcription, lessons from budding yeast In the Merton Auditorium, 11:30 Dr Antonin Morillon , Institut Curie-CNRS, Paris, France Hosted/Organised by Caroline Dean
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Fodder and oilseeds crop inspectors course NIAB Cambridge
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Rothamsted Research: 

Delivering Sustainable Systems RRA Workshop Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ , 12:45 - 4:30 PM
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Advance notice:

CropWorld 2012 CropWorld Global, part sponsored by BBSRC, provides an unparalleled international platform to discuss and debate the critical issues surrounding the crop production industry.
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SCI Bioresources Group

Advance notices:

Sustainable Intensification - Growth from Research and Technology Syngenta, Jealott's Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell, UK
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Uptake Across the Leaf Cuticle and Skin SCI HQ, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London, UK
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More Crop per Drop - Raising Water Use Efficiency SCI HQ, 14/15 Belgrve Square, London, UK
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Workshops 12 & 15 October


InCrops, Rothamsted Research and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry have teamed up to organise a series of FREE workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups businesses and Small and Medium-size Enterprises in the bio-renewables, agri-biotech and green sectors.
The workshops provide an overview of the key considerations that need to be taken into account when setting up and running a business that provides consultancy and research services. Delegates may register for the morning or / and afternoon sessions separately depending on their needs:
Friday 12th October
Morning session: How to start a business
Afternoon session: Finding clients and closing deals

Thursday 25th October
Morning session: Managing innovation and IP
Afternoon session: Funding innovation
An excellent group of experts on entrepreneurship, marketing and innovation have been lined up as speakers. Please download the flyer of the workshops here (for full details). Business support organisations will be present at the workshops, which will be hosted at Rothamsted Research.
If you are considering the possibility of setting up a business, have recently set up a business or are looking for funding to innovate and grow, reserve your place today by contacting Julia O’Rourke, InCrops Events Co-ordinator, by email or call on 1603 591765.