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BBSRC engaging with the agricultural community this spring and summer

18 April 2011

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) - the UK's largest public funder of agriculture and food related research - is hitting the road in coming months to exhibit at several major agricultural trade shows. Exhibits and events at the shows will give farmers, growers and breeders the chance to engage with cutting-edge science and innovation that underpin advances in this multi-billion pound sector.

The shows cover some of the key UK agricultural sectors - Pig & Poultry Live 2011, Grassland & Muck 2011 and Cereals 2011.

BBSRC scientists will be at each event and will be on hand to discuss the latest advances in their fields and for users to explain the challenges they are currently facing.

Pig & Poultry Live 2011

BBSRC and the Institute for Animal Health, which receives strategic funding from BBSRC, will be exhibiting together in two adjacent stands at Pig & Poultry Live, 11 May 2011 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

BBSRC will be engaging visitors around the science it funds to support improvements in pig and poultry production. This will include the latest developments in genomic research underpinning pig and poultry breeding.

Grassland & Muck 2011

BBSRC's presence at Grassland and Muck, 18-19 May at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, will give show visitors the opportunity to engage with a range of research that BBSRC invests in to support these important agricultural sector.

Examples of research and projects on display include award-winning innovation from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) which harnesses food waste to produce effective, peat-free compost and details of a multi-million pound BBSRC investment in farm platform research infrastructure at North Wyke in Devon.

IFR and North Wyke, as part of Rothamsted Research, receive strategic funding from BBSRC.

Cereals 2011

Cereals is the UK's leading arable farming event. BBSRC will be exhibiting over both days of the event, 15-16 June, and will be hosting two events. Show goers can visit BBSRC at stand I945 in the Business Area.

The BBSRC exhibit will include information on how the Council works closely with the arable research community to deliver useful research, innovation and skills and displays on the tools and infrastructure BBSRC funds to underpin developments in cereal crops. The exhibition will include a permanent networking area where visitors can discuss how they can engage with the outputs of the science with BBSRC staff and scientists.

On 15 June, 10.30-12.30, BBSRC will be hosting an arable research networking event which will give show goers the chance to hear from leading UK plant scientists who are tackling challenges in crop production. The event will include rapid-fire briefings from leading scientists working on wheat, oil seed rape, energy crops, insect pollination and sector skills followed by a networking session where farmers, growers and policymakers can discuss key points and build links for future collaboration.

On 16 June, 11.00-13.00, BBSRC will be hosting a 'Meet the Directors' reception where guests will be able to hear from and meet the new Directors of the John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research, Prof Dale Sanders and Prof Maurice Moloney. Both institutes receive strategic funding from BBSRC.

Profs Sanders and Moloney will outline their visions for their institutes, how their research is supporting the arable farming community and how they are contributing to the BBSRC strategic challenge in food security.

For more information about BBSRC's programme of engagement with the end-users of its research please see:



BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.


Patrick Middleton, Head of Engagement

tel: 01793 413368

Matt Goode, Head of External Relations

tel: 01793 413299