The past week was mainly spent on European business. In addition to attending a negotiation meeting in Brussels, we finalised the International Advisory Board (IAB) for our BACTOCOM project, which started in February, and is supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme. The IAB will play a vital role in acting as a "critical friend", as well as advising us on scientific strategy and helping the project to develop connections with other international projects. We're delighted to welcome a number of distinguished colleagues to the project, and they are (in no particular order):
Prof. Måns Ehrenberg, Professor of Molecular Biology at Uppsala University, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.
Dr Jane Calvert, Innogen RCUK Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Prof. Natalio Krasnogor, Professor of Applied Interdisciplinary Computing at the University of Nottingham.
Prof. Mike Simpson, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Theme Leader, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Prof. Jeff Hasty, Associate Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Bioengineering, and the Director of the BioCircuits Institute at the University of California, San Diego.
We look forward to working with all of our IAB members in the next two-and-a-half years.