On Friday 17th April, we had great fun holding an opening event for our £8.4m MRC-funded CLIMB project and facility at Warwick Medical School.
You can access a YouTube video of the first half of the event here:
The event kicked off with me providing a brief introduction to the project and stressing the achievements so far:
- spending millions of pounds on bioinformatics infrastructure within a single financial year (£3.7m on computers across the four participating universities; £0.7m on building work at Warwick and >£1m at Swansea)
- getting all the procurement, purchase orders, invoices, building etc through our university systems
- recruiting excellent support staff and academic staff to the project
- getting the building work finished (an end to all that noise!)
I then introduced our three guest speakers:
- Stanley Falkow, godfather of the field of bacterial pathogenesis, skyping in from Stanford and immortalised in our glasswork with his quote “Never met a microbe I didn’t like”
- Randal Keynes, great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin
- Jon Chase, aka OortKuiper, science rapper.
Read more about the opening over at the University of Warwick Microbial Underground blog.