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Lifetime achievement award for former head of NIAB CUF, David Firman

The award was collected by his successor, Dr Mark Stalham. Mark too was celebrating an award of his own – scooping the Agronomy award. As David recently stepped down as Head of the NIAB CUF, it’s time to look back at his career:

An integral part of the Potato Research group since joining in 1984, David succeeded Eric Allen as leader in 2008, supervising the transfer of CUF into NIAB in 2013.

NEWS: NIAB EMR part of consortium awarded 19 bioscience studentships

Funding for the studentships, awarded to the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), South Coast Biosciences (SoCoBio), which comprises of the universities of Southampton, Kent, Sussex, Portsmouth and the horticultural and agricultural research institute NIAB-EMR, is part of a £170m boost to fund 1,700 PhD researchers over five annual cohorts at academic institutions nationwide. The University of Southampton consortium is one of just 12 successful bids across the UK.

Innovation campus given go-ahead at NIAB EMR

The Advanced Technology Horticultural Zone will comprise new science buildings including the multi-million pound development of four state-of-the-art glasshouses, an energy centre and other related facilities and infrastructure.

The glasshouses will incorporate high-tech imaging, robotics, precision irrigation rigs, research-standard LED lighting and CO2 systems to help scientists make advances in horticultural agronomy.


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