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UK bioscience funder holds annual open meeting in Glasgow

23 January 2007

BBSRC Open Meeting 2007
Wednesday 31 January, 3.30-6.00pm
The Lighthouse, Glasgow

The public body that invests over £350M a year of taxpayer’s money in bioscience research is heading to Glasgow later this month to hold its annual open meeting.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests public money in basic bioscience research and training that makes a significant difference to society and the economy. BBSRC supports basic research in a wide range of areas, from agriculture and environment to biomedicine and food. Each year BBSRC holds an Open Meeting to enable its stakeholders to discuss issues about BBSRC science, funding and priorities and 2007 sees the meeting in Scotland for the first time. The Open Meeting will be held on 31 January 2007, 3.30-6.00pm at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The meeting will be facilitated by the broadcaster, Sue MacGregor. She will be joined by BBSRC’s Chief Executive, Professor Julia Goodfellow; Professor John Coggins, Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow; Professor Mary Bownes, Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh; and Professor Cheryll Tickle, BBSRC Council Member and Foulerton Research Professor of The Royal Society at the University of Dundee. The speakers will discuss the role of BBSRC in ensuring that the UK has the bioscientists that it needs before taking more general questions about BBSRC’s plan and activities.

Entry to the BBSRC Open Meeting is free but by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained by contacting BBSRC on 01793 413301 or at:

Professor Goodfellow said: “BBSRC science touches the lives of every single person. We support research that has the potential to change the face of healthcare, food, farming and the environment. Scotland is home to some of the world’s most advanced bioscience. We want to hear from people what they think about the research we fund and the issues that surround it.”

“BBSRC is acutely aware that we spend a large amount of taxpayers’ money every year and that we have an obligation to ensure that we are contributing to developing the knowledge economy of the future. This year’s Open Meeting will look the issues around ensuring we are training the researchers that the UK needs to remain at the forefront of the biosciences.”


Notes to editors

Public entrance to the Open Meeting is free but by ticket only. Tickets are available from 01793 413301 or e-mail: for more information.

This will be the third Open Meeting held by BBSRC. Questions are welcome on any aspect of BBSRC’s policies and can either be submitted in advance or raised on the day.


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.


Patrick Middleton, Head of Engagement

tel: 01793 413368

Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299

Tracey Jewitt, Media Officer

tel: 01793 414694
fax: 01793 413382