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BEACON Wales is co-founder of new alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

BEACON is one of five established R&D centres across the UK announcing a new alliance today - BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy.

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BEACON Wales is co-founder of new alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

The hunt for new drugs from daffodils

Organic chemist and BEACON scientist, Dr Patrick Murphy, has been talking to the BBC about his work with daffodils in the hunt for potential cures for diseases. Daffodils produce a compound known as galantamine, which is already used in drugs to treat Alzheimer's, a degenerative...

The hunt for new drugs from daffodils

Farewell to our Canadian students

 

Farewell to Christina Ure, James Park and Shannon Deehan who have been part of the BEACON team for 3 months under the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme between the University of Windsor and Aberystwyth University.  They have been working on...

Farewell to our Canadian students

US Fulbright students visit BEACON

   

Aberystwyth University recently played host to eight promising students from the United States as part of the Fulbright Commission Wales Summer Institute. Enjoying a diverse academic and cultural programme, the students visited IBERS, Gogerddan to learn about the research...

US Fulbright students visit BEACON

Planting plastic

As a society we are fundamentally ambivalent to plastics. On the one hand the convenience, flexibility and durability of plastics derived from fossil fuel means that they are used for most of the consumer goods we purchase every day, from packaging right up to complex engineering...

Planting plastic

Royal Welsh Show

          

BEACON were once again present at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd from 18th - 21st July as part of the IBERS stand in the Countryside Area.  It was a very busy four days with glorious weather and a large number of visitors wanting to learn more about the various...

Royal Welsh Show

British Yeast Group (BYG) 2016

The British Yeast Group 2016 was held in Swansea University from 29 June to 1 July, and organised by BEACON's Professor Steve Kelly, Professor Diane Kelly, Dr Josie Parker and Dr Claire Price.  The speakers this year were: 

  • Prof Daniela Delneri - University of Manchester
  • Dr...
British Yeast Group (BYG) 2016

BEACON welcomes delegation from Brazil

 

A delegation from five Brazilian universities visited Aberystwyth University on Friday 10 June 2016 as part of a fact finding visit to explore possible research links and potential partnerships with UK universities.

The visit was organised by the Brazilian Association of Rectors...

BEACON welcomes delegation from Brazil

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme.

Three students from the University of Windsor, Canada, joined the BEACON team at IBERS, Aberystwyth University, in May 2016 as visiting students under the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme between the University of Windsor and Aberystwyth University. ...

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme.

BEACON scientists attend Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals in Baltimore, USA

Dr Sreenivas Rao Ravella, Dr Ana Winters and Anna Suchy attended the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals, from 25 – 28 April 2016, in Baltimore, USA.  The Symposium was organised by the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB). The Symposium on...

BEACON scientists attend Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels & Chemicals in Baltimore, USA