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Congratulations to Matt Gibson ACS award winner!

Professor Matthew Gibson (University of Warwick) has won an 2018 Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award.

Professor Gibson was selected in recognition of his outstanding contributions in fields of bioinspired materials and polymer chemistry, having successfully translated his basic research findings to industrial partners. Prof. Gibson is acknowledged as having created the field of macromolecular cryoprotectants, which is making a global impact, in addition to his work on glyco-materials and new polymer synthesis.

You can read more here.


Glycobiotechnology 2018 – register now!

Glycobiotechnology 2018 

Where: University Place, University of Manchester, 176 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

When: Monday 3rd September 2018 10.00am until Tuesday 4th September 2018, 4pm

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About: Glycobiotechnology is an essential facet of modern industry, with broad applications in Medicine such as Biopharmaceuticals and Vaccines, Healthy Food and Renewable Biomaterials. This 2-day event will celebrate advances made in glycobiotechnology over the past five years through open academic-industry partnerships within the IBCarb network. The meeting will bring together 200 professionals, academics and students working in the area of glycobiotechnology to showcase latest developments and discuss future opportunities in glycoscience and industrial biotechnology.

Confirmed speakers: Igor Baruskov, University of Liverpool; Eleanor Binner, University of Nottingham; Vincent Bulone, University of Adelaide & Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, SE); Paul Dupree, University of Cambridge; RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel, University of Strathclyde; Matthew Gibson, University of Warwick; David Green, Scottish Association for Marine Science; Stuart Haslam, Imperial College London; Nathalie Juge, Quadram Institute Bioscience; Martina Lahmann, Bangor University; Andrew Laws, University of Huddersfield; Seung Lee, University of Southampton; Frederique Lisacek, Swiss institute of Bioinformatics; Gavin Miller, Keele University; Elaine O’Reilly, University of Nottingham; Barbara Pfister, ETH Zurich; Darren Smith, Northumbria University; Graham Stafford, University of Sheffield; Joachim Thiem, Glycom co-founder and University of Hamburg; Bruce Turnbull, University of Leeds; Jerry Turnbull, University of Liverpool; Jolanda van Munster, University of Manchester; Gerd Wagner, King’s College London; Simon Webb, University of Manchester; Ed Yates, University of Liverpool.

Outline program:

Day 1: Monday 3rd September 2018

09:30-10:30: Registration

10:30 – 17:30: Talks (includes lunch and refreshment breaks).

17:30: Networking hot fork buffet & exhibition of the Sweet Existence artwork with the artist Karen Barber

Day 2: Tuesday 4th September 2018

09:00 – 16:00: Talks continued (includes lunch and refreshment breaks).

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Industry exhibits are welcome. Please contact directly to arrange.

Accommodation will be provided for IBCarb members*. You will need to book this on your behalf and we will reimburse you the costs after the event. Costs up to £120 max will be refunded via an expenses claim form which can be downloaded here. Completed forms should be sent to the IBCarb network manager after the event.

There are a number of hotels in Manchester city centre which is within walking distance of the meeting venue. See here:

Here is a list of nearby hotels, by distance, to the meeting venue and/or Piccadilly train station:

  • Crowne Plaza, Booth Street West
  • Holiday Inn, Oxford Road
  • Travelodge Manchester, Upper Brook Street
  • The Pendulum, Sackville Street
  • Hotel IBIS, Princess Street
  • Motel One, London Road
  • Macdonald Manchester Hotel, London Road

* Due to BBSRC rules you will only eligible for free registration and accommodation if you are a member of IBCarb at the time of the event. Membership of the network is free of charge. Please see for registration and T&Cs.

Travel bursaries of up to £200 are available for PhDs and PDRAs attending this event. Visit for details on how to apply.

The IBCarb management team & organising committee:

Professor Sabine Flitsch, University of Manchester & IBCarb Director

Professor Rob Field, John Innes Centre & IBCarb Co-Director

Dr Timothy Miller, Croda Europe Ltd

Dr Stuart Haslam, Imperial College London

Professor Stephen Eichhorn, University of Bristol

Dr Cleo Kontoravdi, Imperial College London

Professor Nathalie Juge, Quadram Institute, Norwich

Dr Sarah Allman, Reading University


BBSRC has launched a call for proposals titled ‘Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World’ .

The call is up to £5 million and aims to support a number of collaborative research projects addressing challenges relating to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy in the developing world.

This call will develop the potential to utilise different biogenic feedstocks (for example crop residues) for the purpose of generating multiple (valuable) products (for example energy, pharmaceutical/ chemical precursors and clean water) in a sustainable way using biotechnologies to help support economic and welfare activities in the developing world.

The call is funded from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). As well as being scientifically excellent, research supported under it must meet the criteria for classification of expenditure as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Funds can be requested for up to three years and projects must be completed by 1 February 2022. Applications must not exceed a maximum of £2 million (at 100% of their full economic cost).

Applications must be submitted via the Je-S system by 6 June 2018, 16:00

Further information can be found on the BBSRC webpage here:

ISCF Wave 3

Ideas invited on what to support during the third wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Proposed challenges should combine the best ideas from academia and industry to create tangible benefits for the UK in productivity and economic growth.

Submitted proposals should either be drafted collaboratively by a consortium of industry and academia, or be able to provide evidence of an industry-wide requirement.

You will need to explain and evidence what the challenge is, the positive impact in addressing it, and the capabilities and strengths that we already have in the UK that would help us to become a world-leader in its research and commercialisation.

The deadline for expression of interest challenges is 18 April 2018.

Further information can be found here:

PhD Bioactive Sugars – sweet alternatives to antibiotics

Norwich Research Park, Doctoral Antimicrobial Research Training (DART)

MRC iCASE PhD studentship – Bioactive sugars – sweet alternatives to antibiotics

Supervisors: Rob Field (John Innes Centre), Nathalie Juge (Quadram Institute), Simone Dedola (Iceni Diagnostics)

Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is recognised as one of the most serious global threats to human health in the 21st century.  In this context, alternatives to antibiotics to prevent or to treat infectious diseases are urgently needed. Pathogen species present a wide range of strain-specific carbohydrates and carbohydrate-binding proteins on their cell surfaces, which provide novel opportunities and targets for detection, prevention and intervention through diet or with novel therapeutics.

This project will explore the development of new integrated chemical and biochemical methods for the production of bioactive carbohydrates that have potential to tackle bacteria associated diseases of humans and farm animals. Some of these carbohydrates will be further modified to use as probes to determine the molecular mechanisms underpinning their impact on pathogens, with the aid of structural, microbiological and cell biology studies. Specifically, they will be evaluated for their ability to act: as prebiotics for commensal microorganisms; as receptor decoys for pathogens; and as immune stimulants for the host.

Capitalising on their extensive and synergistic expertise in carbohydrate biochemistry and glycobiology, this project will be run jointly between Rob Field’s group at the John Innes Centre and Nathalie Juge’s group at Quadram Institute Bioscience. It will also involve extensive engagement with the industrial partner, Simone Dedola at Iceni Diagnostics, which is co-located on the Norwich Research Park along with JIC and QIB.  The project would suit an ambitious student, with either a chemical or a biological background, who is keen to work across traditional discipline boundaries. Previous experience in some aspect of glycosciences (chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology) is desirable but full training will be provided.

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Glycomics

The University of Alberta invites applications for the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Glycomics. Established in 2008 by the Government of Canada, the CERC program supports world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The successful candidate will receive up to $20M over seven years to support an internationally-leading research program.

The appointment will be in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Chemistry, which has 34 research faculty and 230 graduate students, supported by excellent services, including X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and high-field NMR laboratories.  Excellent electronic, machine, and glassblowing shops, and a biological services laboratory are other key components of departmental infrastructure.

The Chair is expected take a leadership role in continuing the long tradition of excellence that the University of Alberta has established in glycomics/glycoscience. The Chair will also become a member of the Alberta Glycomics Centre (, which comprises 11 Principal and Associate investigators who collaborate on interdisciplinary projects that seek to understand the role of complex carbohydrates in life processes. One aspect of the funding places emphasis on practical outcomes of Centre-funded research, which targets new bioactive carbohydrate derivatives as potential therapeutics and transfer of intellectual property.  In addition, the Chair will have the opportunity to join the Canadian Glycomics Network (, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence with a mission of identifying novel solutions to unmet medical needs through glycomics. 

Position requirements include:

• A PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or an aligned field

• An exceptional internationally-recognized research program directed towards the role of complex carbohydrates in biological processes as applied to mammalian systems. Demonstration of international recognition must include a sustained record of high impact publications, presentations at international meetings and research awards

• A proven track record of excellence in teaching, mentoring, research training, outreach, professional service, and a demonstrated commitment to supporting the involvement of diverse groups in research

The appointment will be at the Full Professor level and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should provide: 1) a complete curriculum vitae; 2) a maximum three-page description of current and future research; 3) a maximum two-page summary of contributions to outreach; professional service and their philosophy on involving diverse groups in research; and 4) the names and contact information of five referees. As the University of Alberta and the CERC program are committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, we ask applicants to complete the self-identification questionnaire:

The recruitment and nomination process involves open advertising with a statement of commitment to equity in the nomination and appointment process.  

The position will remain open until filled; however, review of applications will commence on March 7, 2018. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by that date.

Applications must be submitted to:

RSC Carbohydrate Group ECR Meeting

Venue: Keele University

Dates: 12-13th April 2018

In keeping with the CarbGroup’s philosophy, we are organising an Early Career Researchers meeting with plenty of opportunities to speak and network. This will be accompanied by talks from several leading academics from across the glycoscience field, who will give their perspective on funding opportunities and how that supports their research programs.

If you are an early career researcher interested in giving an oral presentation please send an abstract (250 words max.) to Gavin Miller ( before 16/03/18.

The meeting will take place at Keele Hall, a 19th-century mansion house at Keele, now standing within the campus of Keele University. Registration is £50 and will include 3 Course Conference Dinner, Breakfast and Premier En-Suite Accomodation (on campus). Parking (free) is available at the conference centre. Registration and accommodation will open 19/02/17 through a dedicated website and event booking facility.

For updates regarding this event please see here or follow @CarbGroupUK on Twitter

Please contact Gavin Miller ( with any questions in the meantime.

Bright SCIdea Challenge – win £1000

SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) has launched a new student initiative – the Bright SCIdea Challenge.

This is a national competition designed to give teams of 3-5 students an idea of what it’s like to develop a business plan and pitch a concept for their own product or service.

Enter today to access FREE business training and develop skills in entrepreneurship and pitching. Business plan and training materials are available to all registered teams now!

Form a team and register now to gain valuable business skills, enhance your CV and to be in with a chance to win £1,000!

Register now! Entry deadline: Sunday 18 February 2018

See here for more details