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Future Farming Conference 21 Nov11

  1. 1. Addressing the skills gap in UK agriculture: Connecting academic and private sectors Dr David McAllister Head of Skills and CareersImage 1 – Tomato seedling iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 2 – Fermenter iStockphoto/Thinkstock 2011, Image 3 – Wheat Hermerara/Getty Images, Image 4 –DNAConfig Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock,Image 5 – Jersey Cow iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 6 – Scientist Comstock / Thinkstock
  2. 2. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBSRC allocates around £470M p.a. (2010/11) to: • Fund innovative, internationally competitive bioscience research • Train bioscientists • Support knowledge exchange and encourage economic and social impact • Engage with the public and stakeholders Food Security Bioenergy and Industrial Basic bioscience Biotechnology underpinning health
  3. 3. Global Food Security• Brings together the major public funders of food-related research to tackle the challenge of feeding 9bn people sustainably by 2050• Collective spend ~£426M per year• Fosters a multidisciplinary approach to this very complex challenge• Ensures added value by minimising duplication and maximising synergies across funders• Long-term though there will be quick wins
  4. 4. Beneforté ‘super broccoli’ case study2011: UK launch in Marks &Spencer stores 4 October ofhigh glucosinolate ‘superbroccoli’, which has healthbenefitsResult of a collaboration between the JohnInnes Centre and Institute of Food Research,both of which receive long-term strategicfunding from BBSRC, and Plant BioscienceLimited (PBL)
  5. 5. Defence against animal diseases and zoonoses70% of agricultural land is used to raise livestock; consumption could bedoubling between 2000-2050. Protection against disease of livestock anddiseases they can pass to humans is needed more than ever. •Using recombinant DNA technology and fundamental biology research, the Institute for Animal Health, Surrey, has developed a way of producing a new, ultra-safe and stable vaccine against Foot & Mouth Disease virus (FMDV). •The new vaccine was developed by research funded jointly by BBSRC and Defra and production yields are at commercially Copyright iStockphoto / Thinkstock viable levels. It contains FMDV devoid of genetic material, therefore is not infectious and does not need high containment facilities. The vaccine is at prototype stage, and initial tests appear to support its efficacy in animals, in protecting against disease. •Medicago Inc., a Canadian company is to open a production facility for plant-based production of ‘flu vaccines using biotechnology processes, under licence from the John Innes Roslin Institute Centre. The technology is based on inactivated plant viruses. A vaccine for H5N1 bird ‘flu produced in this way has just completed Phase II clinical trials.
  6. 6. BBSRC support for collaborative training Postgraduates Industrial Policy CASE Placements Studentships Professional Internships for Postdocs / PIs PhD Students Biotechnology YES Flexible Research InterchangeExperience Advanced ProgrammePlacements Training Partnerships EnterpriseUndergraduates Fellowships
  7. 7. BBSRC support for collaborative training in the agri-food sector
  8. 8. “Develop Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs): Support the uptake of industry- relevant specialist and technicalprofessional development, to helpbusinesses in key sectors take up new science and innovation.”
  9. 9. Partnership is key to success… Companies Professional Agricultural and Colleges Accreditation Bringing Bodies together users and providers of high level training in the Research agri-food sector Levy Bodies Institutes Universities
  10. 10. Four ATPs have been awarded Aberystwyth Royal Veterinary University of University of University College Nottingham Reading(C. Newbold) - £2.7M (S. May) - £2.9M (J. Roberts) - £4M (C. Williams) - £3.1M Establishment of a Advanced Training in Strategic Training ATP for Sustainable Food Quality and Intensive Livestock Hub for the and Efficient Food Health – Sustaining Health and Advancement of the Production the Future Production UK Agri-Food Industry Partnering with Partnering with Harper Rothamsted, Partnering with Adams, Rothamsted Partnering with Bangor Birmingham and, via Cambridge, Edinburgh (Brooms Barn), and NIAB, plus Leatherhead Food (Roslin), Newcastle, Cranfield, plus Waitrose, White Gold, Research, British Sugar, Kent, plus Aviagen, Campden BRI, BASF, Velcourt Danisco, National Milk Pfizer, Vion Masstock, Waitrose, Research, PepsiCo, Bakkavor Sainsbury’s
  11. 11. Modular Training for Industry• Delivering up to date, industrially-relevant training for graduates working in industry• BBSRC provides pump priming support (~£15K for year 1 only) to develop modular courses at Masters level• Must demonstrate clear evidence of industrial demand• Flexibility in format depending on needs of industry e.g. distance learning, e-modules, workshops• Examples of previously-supported courses:  eCPD in histotechnology  in-vivo techniques for biosciences and drug development  contemporary techniques in plant sciences  principles of genetic improvement  Positron Emission Tomography: technology and application  post-genomic data analysis  the business of bioremediation
  12. 12. CASE studentships• Research training in area of relevance to non-academic (e.g. industry) partner• Collaborative postgraduate research training leading to a PhD• CASE Partner: a non-academic organisation which provides students with distinctive research training / experience not available in an academic setting• BBSRC supports CASE studentships within remit• Scheme is supported by all Research Councils• Non-academic Partner must provide: o 6 - 18 month placement with relevant training o £1.4k pa towards project costs o Expenses associated with the placement o Cash contribution to student’s stipend of at least £2.5k pa
  13. 13. BBSRC support for people exchange schemes in the agri-food sector
  14. 14. Undergraduates: Research Experience Placements (REPs)• Provide support for undergraduate summer research placements to: – give promising undergraduates a first-hand opportunity to gain greater experience of research in the biosciences – raise the profile of research careers amongst undergraduate students – interest students in postgraduate research in strategically important areas• REPs are allocated to a number of departments/institutes selected and approved by BBSRC and the Bioscience Skills and Careers strategy panel• Around 100 placements are available per year• A significant number have been allocated to promote agricultural and veterinary research, including 3 REPs to each of the UK’s vet schools• Other REPs support agricultural science, integrative mammalian biology and other areas• Details at:www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/studentships/research-experience-placements
  15. 15. • It is envisaged this new scheme will provide flexibleopportunities to enhance the genuine two-way flow ofideas, people and skills through individuals movingbetween different disciplines and sectors at all stages intheir career beyond the PhD (or equivalent)• FLIP is currently being developed and is due to belaunched in 2012
  16. 16. Other BBSRC schemes also support collaborative research and training in the agri-food sector Postdoctoral research grants Research and Technology Clubs BBSRC Fellowships
  17. 17. Research and Technology Clubs Key Features • A consortium of companies work together with BBSRC to fund basic research in strategic areas within the research base • Company members decide on the research priorities and contribute to review and monitoring of research proposals • ‘Common-pot’ funding (BBSRC/industry/ Other funders) • In the typical club model, BBSRC contributes 90% of funding, industry consortium contributes 10% • Industry members subscriptions on sliding scale (company size) • Regular dissemination events allow members to network, to hear about research projects and to meet researchers • Training (studentships targeted to Club areas)
  18. 18. New academic block Shaped by recent DTPs allow for studentships Quota Evaluation better strategic scheme to replace and BSC Strategy alignment and Quota DTG Panel advice coordination Integrated CASE no longer Students placed in Professional mandatory, now world-class research Internships for PhD supported through environments Students (PIPS) separate schemes Expect to fund up to Total investment Call launched 16 15-20 DTPs (most £60M, funding March 2011, closing multi-institutional) around 220 students date 15 Sept 2011 for 3 yrs (2012-14) per annum bbsrc.ac.uk/dtp Strategic Excellence of Leverage Partnership ConcentrationAlignment Training
  19. 19. BBSRC Skills Statement• Brings together the skills that BBSRC is particularly looking to support through its Training Grants, including:  Broad strategic research priorities and enabling technologies  Specific strategically important and vulnerable niche research skills  Cross-cutting core bioscience and generic professional skills
  20. 20. New academic block Shaped by recent DTPs allow for studentships Quota Evaluation better strategic scheme to replace and BSC Strategy alignment and Quota DTG Panel advice coordination Integrated CASE no longer Students placed in Professional mandatory, now world-class research Internships for PhD supported through environments Students (PIPS) separate schemes Expect to fund up to Total investment Call open 16 March 15-20 DTPs (most £60M, funding workshop 23 June multi-institutional) around 220 students closing 15 Sept 2011 for 3 yrs (2012-14) p.a. (inc £5k RTSG) bbsrc.ac.uk/dtp Strategic Excellence of Leverage Partnership ConcentrationAlignment Training
  21. 21. Summary Undergraduate Postgraduate Postdoctoral Continuing Professional Development
  22. 22. Any Questions? www.bbsrc.ac.uk david.mcallister@bbsrc.ac.ukImage 1 – Tomato seedling iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 2 – Fermenter iStockphoto/Thinkstock 2011, Image 3 – Wheat Hermerara/Getty Images, Image 4 –DNAConfig Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock,Image 5 – Jersey Cow iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 6 – Scientist Comstock / Thinkstock

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