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 undertaken in plant breeding and biorefining. A visit to the National Plant Phenomics Centre was followed by an informal lecture on the economic impact and benefits of biorefining, led by Dr Joe Gallagher, which highlighted the role played by BEACON and EU funds in supporting the Welsh economy through collaboration with local businesses. A tour of the BEACON pilot facility followed. The students were very engaged, comparing the different issues facing Wales and the USA in the field of biorefining, leading to a stimulating discussion.