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EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

A report out today is calling for the equivalent of Nice – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – for developments in crop technologies. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee also says the government should encourage more public debate around developments in crop technologies It recommends forming a ‘citizens council’ for…Read more EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

Eight great technologies

The UK is an important player in academic research worldwide. This includes being one of the world leaders in many emerging scientific fields. The UK government has recognised eight fields as Eight Great Technologies – technologies that, with support, can lead to UK strengths and business capabilities. In the 2012 autumn statement, £600m was put into…Read more Eight great technologies

My science policy internship

I’m a plant microbiologist. For the past three months, however, I haven’t touched a pipette, a petri dish or a plant pot. Instead, I’ve been doing an internship in science policy. New PhD studentships from the BBSRC involve a three-month internship, allowing students to take a break from the laboratory and try out something new.…Read more My science policy internship

European Commission scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role

This week has been an exciting one for European science, with the European Space Agency’s Philae lander making what appears to have been a successful landing on Comet 67P. But the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker chose this moment of celebration to make a disappointing announcement. The role of the Chief Scientific Adviser…Read more European Commission scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role

Plant science: a growing field

Traditionally, a UK PhD student spends 3-4 years in the lab, researching their project. However, a recent drive to produce ‘well-rounded’ students has led to the development of internship schemes. This means that I’ve left my PhD mid-research for 3 months, and I’m currently six weeks into a placement working in the Centre for Science…Read more Plant science: a growing field

Two replacements for ‘Two Brains’ Willetts in reshuffle

Michael Gove’s surprise departure from the Department for Education has dominated this week’s headlines following David Cameron’s reshuffle on Tuesday. But another surprise this week was that the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has resigned. While the reaction to Gove’s demotion was polarised, the scientific community’s response to the news of Willetts’ departure was in overwhelming…Read more Two replacements for ‘Two Brains’ Willetts in reshuffle