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Nottingham Students Learn From NIAB Scientists

05 April 2008

Nottingham students visited NIAB to learn from some of the organisation's leading scientists who are working on innovative, cutting edge projects.

The 20 students from Nottingham University's Sutton Bonington Campus are taking Masters Degrees in Crop Improvement, Plant Genetic Manipulation, or Biosciences with Entrepreneurship.

Students from Nottingham University have been visiting NIAB since 1996 as part of the programme of their Plant Biotechnology module and this provides students with an insight into the agro-industry and possible employment opportunities in this sector. In fact, several former MSc students from Nottingham have taken up jobs in the agro-industry, including NIAB.

The group, including key staff, were told about projects being carried out by NIAB and, in particular, of the way in which research in plant science forms the basis for improvement of our crop plants and their commercialisation. Students also visited the glasshouses and laboratory facilities.

NIAB welcomes opportunities to work on training projects, to share its skills and knowledge and several of their leading scientists made presentations during the visit, including Dr Lydia Smith, who co-ordinated the event with Mary McPhee, Director’s Office.

Dr Smith said:

“This annual event has featured in our timetable for over a decade now and is apparently well received by the students. We, at NIAB, also benefit from an injection of fresh views from some of the future biotechnologists – both from the UK and other European and international countries”.

For further information please contact Dr Lydia Smith