Event: 10 and 11 October 2011, New Delhi
The UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have recently announced a plan to publish a joint funding call worth up to £10 million, for UK-India proposals in bioenergy research.
This announcement follows very successful UK-India workshop, held in New Delhi in October.
RCUK India, working closely with BBSRC, DBT and the UK’s Science Innovation Network co-organised a joint BBSRC-DBT workshop where senior members of the UK and Indian bioenergy research communities met to discuss possible areas of collaboration.
British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg welcomed the UK and Indian bioenergy delegation over a networking dinner hosed at his residence in New Delhi, on Sunday 9 October . Speaking at the event, Sir Richard and chief guest Dr M K Bhan, Secretary to DBT, outlined the importance and relevance of bioenergy research for both countries, and highlighted how the workshop aimed at developing UK-India synergy in this field research.
The joint UK- India workshop was held on 10 and 11 October 2011, at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi. Dr V S Chauhan, Director ICGEB addressed the participants with an introductory speech providing an overview of ICGEB and its activities. The presentation is available here.
Dr Colin Miles, Head of Strategy Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy at BBSRC and Dr Renu Swarup, Advisor at DBT outlined the bioenergy research programmes in the UK and India highlighting current and future research priorities.
Presentations are available here:
Prior to commencing scoping discussions to extract potential joint research areas, representatives from each delegation provided an overview of the bioenergy research landscapes in both UK and India across the following five themes:
All delegates reconvened on the second day to discuss current gaps in bioenergy research and to highlight where the UK and India had the shared strengths to fill these gaps. Working in groups focussing on each theme of bioenergy research outlined above, the researchers identified three areas where, by working together, scientists from both countries would be able to achieve significantly more than they could do alone. These areas were:
In order to provide the visiting UK delegation a clearer understanding of India’s bioenergy research, DBT organised site-visits to India’s key bioenergy facilities. The UK delegation visited:
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), New Delhi
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai
A detailed programme for the workshop is available here.
Biographies for participants are available here: