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Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation Blog

Welcome to the KEC (Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation) Blog! This blog is designed with impact in mind; be it at an early stage, where our research and researchers are involved in knowledge exchange activities or later in the research lifecycle, when research can result in engagement with industry and/or commercial or societal benefit. This blog gives a voice to Institute researchers and invited guests working with us on exciting projects.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Babraham Institute.

A match made on campus

The Babraham Institute’s basic science benefits in a very real sense from the Institute's proximity to a number of industry-leading biotechnology companies on the Babraham Research Campus.  In this blog Rahul Roychoudhuri tells us about a developing partnership between our Immunology Programme and Cancer Research UK Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories.

 

13/12/2017

The stars of SymBLS

The Babraham Institute’s Symposium for Biological Life Sciences (SymBLS) for early career researchers is a well established forum for Life Science graduates across Cambridge.   This year’s organising committee share their thoughts on the 2017 event and give us a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what it takes to run this excellent event.

29/11/2017

Campus collaboration leads to further investment

Becky Gilley, a post doc in the Cook lab is the latest KEC blog contributor.  Becky has been involved in a Babraham Research Campus Collaboration Fund (BRCCF) project which has gone from strength to strength.  Her blog tells us why the BRCCF has been critical in securing further funding and what this collaborative research project has meant to her.

21/11/2017

The importance of knowledge exchange in political engagement

James Tooze, Policy Officer at the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), takes up the reigns in this latest KEC post. In his guest blog, James tells us about the partnership between CaSE and the Babraham Institute and explains why scientists’ engagement in policy is so important. 
 

15/11/2017

From Barcelona to Babraham

In our third and final Innovative Training Network (ITN) KEC Blog series, we hear from visiting PhD student Piotr Kobia┼éka on his recent knowledge exchange visit to the Babraham Institute. Piotr is a PhD student in Dr Mariona Graupera’s lab in IDIBELL (Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge) in Barcelona.  He tells us why this visit helped his research and why researcher mobility is so important to advance scientific programmes:
 

09/11/2017

Retreating is crucial to advance

We are very proud to share this latest KEC blog by Babaraham Institute post docs, Clara Novo, Danika Hill and Claire Senner.  In a drive to bring the International postdoc community together, our BI pioneers tell us exactly how they established the first EU-LIFE joint postdoc retreat.

26/10/2017

A PhD life for me!

In the second of our ITN (Innovative Training Network) blog series, PhD student in Babraham’s Signalling Programme, Piotr Jung, lab tells us why this program is so important for advancing knowledge of key biological concepts. 
 

20/10/2017

Networks pave the way for early stage researchers

In the first of our series of KEC Blogs from Innovative Training Network (ITN) students, we hear from PhD student Christina Courreges about her involvement and the legacy of a recent workshop held at the Babraham Institute.  
 

09/10/2017

Postdoc policies gain momentum

As one of the sponsors of the first National Post Doc meeting held in Cambridge recently, Babraham Institute are proud to report on the success of the event. BI Post doc and co-organiser, Dr Sven Sewitz, shares his view of the event and tells us what plans are in store for next year.

05/10/2017

Cutting edge ideas appeal of the Cambridge Bioinformatics Hackathon

The Cambridge Bioinformatics Hackathon is underway and already generating lots of ideas and solving bioinformatics-based problems.  In this latest KEC blog, guest editor, Kevin Dialdestoro from Genestak, tells us what he is expecting from the event and why Genestak was keen to support this and (hopefully) future Hackathons.  

26/09/2017

Replication and repair

As part of their knowledge exchange activities, Babraham Institute Group Leaders travel far and wide to discuss their research findings. In this latest blog, Dr Jon Houseley explains why a niche conference in Rome was exactly the right platform to promote his recently published work and build scientific support for a potentially controversial discovery.


 

14/09/2017

Transplanting science - bringing together basic biology and clinical care

Our research collaborations take many shapes and forms, often looking beyond academic research into industry or the clinic. The value of these partnerships in driving innovative and effective research progress is becoming increasingly apparent and supporting more partnerships like this is a vital part of our work to maximise the impact of the Institute’s research.
 
In this latest blog, clinician Dr Gavin Pettigrew tells our Knowledge Exchange Manager, how a collaboration with the Linterman lab has resulted in some surprising and interesting discoveries with potential benefits for scientists, doctors and patients.

31/08/2017

Stem cells under the microscope

"There has never been a better time to be a stem cell biologist".  In this latest KEC Blog, Dr Rugg-Gunn speaks of his excitement and enthusiam for his research field and shares his account of the recent Interntation Society for Stem Cell Research conference.

22/08/2017

Core Facilities find a common voice

BI’s staff and scientists find many routes to share their knowledge and know-how, often creating networks or co-creating events in respective their fields.  In this blog, Head of Bioinformatics Facility, Dr Simon Andrews tells us why he applied for KEC funding to establish the Bioinformatics Core Facilities group and how this group helps to develop his research interests.

16/08/2017

Making hay while the sun shines

Not surprisingly, the recurring theme that ran through the recent UKRO conference, that brings together European Liaison Officers from across the UK to talk about the EU’s science programme Horizon 2020, was Brexit. In her Blog, International Grants Manager, Dr Cheryl Smythe, explains why its important to make the most of current EU funded schemes.
 
 

14/07/2017

Linking with policy

There has never been a better time for scientists to engage in policy.  In times of snap elections, BREXIT and changing governments overseas, the need for scientific input and evidence has never been greater.   But what are the global and local opportunities for influencing policy and how can scientists get involved? In this blog, our Knowledge Exchange Manager, shares her account of recent policy engagements through conference and parliamentary events and highlights what these could lead to in the future.

 

12/07/2017

Calling all Hackers!

Babraham Institute Bioinformatics Department has long since led the way when it comes to knowledge exchange; sharing best practice, tools, and codes in open source platforms. This year they are pioneering a new initiative.  
 

28/06/2017

ARMA creating new perspectives

Experts, thought leaders and critical friends; Babraham’s Danielle Hoyle shares her experience of the 2017 ARMA (Association for Research Managers and Administrators) conference.

19/06/2017

Feeling ENLIGHT-TENED

In this blog, PhD student, Marisa Stebegg from the ENLIGHT-TEN (European Network Linking Informatics and Genomics of Helper cells comprising TEN beneficiaries) program, explains her project and role in the ITN program and the knowledge exchange carried out to date.
 

06/06/2017

It's an EU-LIFE!

As a post doc at Babraham Institute, I had read with interest about our membership of the EU-LIFE network but I was not quite sure how I could get involved.  Then I saw details of the 2017 EU-LIFE scientific meeting and immediately signed up.
 

06/06/2017

Global Community launches exciting new project

In our first Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) blog, PhD researcher in the Casaneuva Lab, Janna Hastings, explains the rationale behind a global community project using C. elegans and the potential impact of their work.

24/05/2017