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BBSRC funds UK bioscience exhibits as part of 20th anniversary activities

The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute will be joining forces to help BBSRC celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year.

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The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute will be joining forces to help BBSRC celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year.

In 2014 BBSRC is marking 20 years of pioneering Great British Bioscience, since its formation in 1994.

As part of its 20th Anniversary programme BBSRC is working with 17 groups of leading scientists to develop exciting exhibitions about their bioscience and engage the British public.

The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute scientists will be working with the Institutes' public engagement officers to create an engaging display that will showcase the BBSRC-funded influenza research taking place across the institutes.

The team has received nearly £10,000 from BBSRC to develop their "Flu Fighters" exhibit for a public audience and attend events within their local areas to show it.

Influenza is a major global threat to human and animal health and of considerable public interest. Our exhibit will focus on influenza viruses and the science behind the varied approaches to combating flu being developed at Roslin and Pirbright, including current research involving GM technology and novel approaches to vaccines and diagnostic tests.

Nicola StockPublic Engagement Officer at The Roslin Institute

 

We welcome this excellent opportunity that Pirbright and Roslin scientists have to work together in presenting the research that has been undertaken with the help of funding from the BBSRC.

Zoe WilliamsonCommunications Officer at The Pirbright Institute

 

BBSRC wants to use the opportunity of it being our 20th anniversary to engage the public with some of the fantastic research we've funded, and the impacts that it has had. These exhibits will reach people across the UK.

Patrick MiddletonBBSRC Head of Engagement

The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute will be presenting the "Flu Fighters" exhibit at the Surrey County Show, the Royal Highland Show and at Open Days to be held at both Institutes during 2014.

In November all of the exhibits will be brought together at the Great British Bioscience Festival in London, organised by BBSRC. The festival will be open to the general public and free to attend.