Fruitful project meeting at Reading University, UK

Project coordinator Professor Irene Mueller-Harvey hosts the latest meeting

For this project meeting the various members congregated once again in Reading to discuss the progress of their research and keep up to date with project administration as we fast approach the final year of the project.

Before meetings began the researchers were given job and careers training talks by Alan Baylis of Nuvistix Innovation Ltd, David Stock of Syngenta and Sally Pawlik provided a tailor-made course on CV's and job applications.  The fellows also enjoyed a trip to Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire and heard a talk by Ian Wilkinson of Cotswold Seeds (seed merchant and an Associated Partner of LegumePlus), on 'The ups and downs of running your own company', followed by a tour of the seed mixing facility.

Both supervisors and fellows listened intently to a presentation by Stig Thamsborg (University of Copenhagen) of his 10 years of experience of setting up a spin-out company. Finally, Richard Tranter (University of Reading) gave examples about how social science research can make valuable inputs into life science research and explained some of the methodologies used in social science research.

The researchers also had the opportunity to take part in a great media training course, run by Jon Barton, a journalist with 20 years of media experience who has worked for the BBC and on television programs such as the very popular 'Newsnight' and 'The Today Programme' in the UK.  The course was designed to prepare the young researchers for future media exposure on television and other types of media when promoting their research results.

As well as presentations by each of the researchers, we also heard a keynote lecture by Anne Osterrieder (Oxford Brookes University) on 'Science and the Media', describing her successful methods for communicating her research to the general public and the wider world, such as schools in the USA.

Sadly this was the final meeting for three of our researchers Konstantinos Theodorikas, Christos Fryganas and Honorata Ropiak  whose contracts within LegumePlus are coming to an end.  We are very grateful for their interesting research and numerous contributions to the project, and wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors - everyone would agree that it has been a real pleasure working with you.

From left: W. Pellikaan, G. Waghorn, N. Huyen, C. Fryganas, I. Mueller-Harvey

From left: W. Pellikaan, G. Waghorn, N. Huyen, C. Fryganas, I. Mueller-Harvey

LegumePlus meeting discussions in full swing

LegumePlus meeting discussions in full swing