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Season's greetings from BBSRC

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Message from BBSRC Chief Executive

2016 has been, to say the least, an eventful year for us all.

We end it on a positive note, the government’s remarkable commitment to science and innovation – £2Bn extra funding per year by 2020 announced in the Autumn statement – is testament to the value that ministers see in supporting a vibrant, innovative and productive research base. And bioscience is certainly a key pillar in that.

We’ve seen superb bioscience published this year – from breakthroughs in the fight against ash dieback to shape-changing sea cucumbers to epigenetic effects in the placenta.

The privilege of my job is being exposed to this breadth of research, both in terms of topics and impact. Undoubtedly, UK bioscience research is pushing the boundaries of knowledge to make amazing and potentially life changing discoveries.

This incredible science is at the heart of the UK bioeconomy which, in 2014, generated £220Bn in Gross Value Added to the UK economy and supported 5.2 million jobs. What’s more the bioeconomy is predicted to grow as a sector as biology plays its part in addressing the challenges we face – feeding us, fuelling us and keeping us healthy.

2017 holds promise and opportunity for research and innovation – and no doubt challenges too. I know BBSRC will continue to seize these opportunities and engage in the challenges as we, with partners, make the case for investment in bioscience research and innovation more broadly.

So, with the hope that bioscience keeps us all healthy, warm and fed this festive season, I wish you the very best season’s greetings and a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.

Melanie Welham

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