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BBSRC announces winners of the Innovator of the year 2018 award

last modified May 31, 2018 05:55 PM
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey from Cardiff University have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2018 - awards that celebrate excellent research which has demonstrated impact.

Twelve finalists competed for the title at The Mermaid London last night, 16 May 2018. The awards were presented by Professor Malcolm Skingle, Director of Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline Ltd and Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC.

The Chief Executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation, of which BBSRC is now a part, Sir Mark Walport met the finalists before the presentation of awards.

The awards, now in their 10th year, are made in a number of categories that include: commercial impact, social impact, international impact and early career impact.

A range of diverse research had been delivered by the finalists including; behavioural neuroscience that helped shape new guidance for emergency services, the development of novel fungicides to combat fungal resistance and building resilience in the vanilla supply chain to help protect the world’s favourite flavour.

The overall winner, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey were both humbled and delighted to have been successful in winning both the social impact and overall winner award.

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