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British Science Association recognises Professor Martin Broadley

The British Science Association (BSA) has appointed Martin Broadley, Professor of Plant Nutrition in the School of Biosciences, as President of its Agriculture and Food Section from September. The news comes just days after Professor Broadley shared a prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Innovator of the Year award for international impact, in recognition …

PVC for Science turns dragon for a day – and Nottingham graduate gets Dragon approval

Professor Kevin Shakesheff found himself in the shoes of entrepreneur Peter Jones when he took his seat on a Dragons Den style panel in Nottingham last week. He joined four other ‘Dragons’ holding a purse of £3000 for each of the winners. The event, organised by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, attracted 15 entries and 8 were …

Famous faces and gruesome body parts star in annual ‘Cake Off’ competition

A University Cake Off competition that went viral last year with the ‘world’s grossest cake’ has raised the bar this year with a selection of winning entries that would challenge the best TV Bake Off Showstoppers. Veterinary and Biosciences students at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus staged their annual Cake Off yesterday and …

Botany geek impressed by world-leading plant science

Botanist and BBC Broadcaster James Wong paid a visit to Sutton Bonington Campus yesterday where he spent time finding out about the research taking place there, before rounding his day off giving an entertaining talk to a packed audience. Straight-talking guide James delivered a scientist’s straight-talking guide to making everyday foods healthier and tastier simply …

70 Years on the University marks its role in the DNA discovery story

The discovery of hydrogen bonds in DNA was made by a young Nottingham Post Graduate student, J. Michael Creeth, in what was known as the Nucleic Acid Laboratory at (the then) University College Nottingham. The results were published in the Journal of the Chemical Society on 1947. The discovery paved the way for the double …

ESRC annual celebration of social sciences

Academics from University of Nottingham will be playing a major part in this year’s annual festival of social science from the 4-11 November. Now in its 15 year, the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) festival will see 316 events across the UK, taking the social sciences to diverse and new audiences covering a range …

The ‘taste’ of Bramley apple juice is put to the test

Volunteers were more than happy to offer their services this weekend when they were asked to give their opinion on which variety of Bramley apple juice tastes the best and why. Many of the hundreds of visitors to this year’s Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell were asked to participate in the blind tasting set up …

A musical eulogy to Jeremy the lefty snail

As the global media respond to the sad news that the University of Nottingham’s left-spiralling snail Jeremy, has died, an American fan of the story has released a musical eulogy to console Jeremy’s scientist Dr Angus Davison. Lydia Hiller was inspired to record her original tribute ‘The Tragical ballad of Jeremy the Left Twisting Snail’ …

The Ada Lovelace effect

The Ada Lovelace effect Ada Lovelace, the ‘Countess of Computing’, was born in London on 10 December 1815. The daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a gifted mathematician recognised for creating the first computer programme and forseeing a digital future. Every year scientists across the world mark Ada Lovelace Day – which is being …

Bridging the Gaps – Antimicrobial Resistance Conference 7-8 September

New research collaborations to address the challenges posed by Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be highlighted at a two-day conference at the University of Nottingham on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September 2017. This will be the final event of the antimicrobial resistance programme Bridging the Gaps which was set up to pump prime new studies …