Biotechnology YES, now in its 20th year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded by sponsorship and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK bioeconomy.
We are holding 6 workshops across the UK in the autumn and three of these are to be hosted by industry:
- Plant, microbial and environment workshop hosted for the fifth year by Syngenta at Jealott’s Hill
- Biomedical YES workshop again hosted by GSK and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
- Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing workshop hosted for the first time by Unilever at Colworth (see Press Release)
The Royal Society of Chemistry is once again sponsoring teams to compete in Chemistry YES to be run in conjunction with the Biotechnology YES workshops.
Environment YES, now in its 10th year, will once again be run alongside Biotechnology YES.
In our anniversary year we would like to see over 100 teams participate in Biotechnology YES (and Environment YES) and I would be grateful for your help in achieving this. You can do this by circulating the attached ‘advert’ to contacts in your networks with a request to encourage their postgraduate students and early career post-doctoral researchers to take part, tweeting and mentioning the competition when you are out and about. Please note that YES is open to all bioscience early career researchers not just those funded by BBSRC.
See below PDF for details: