Today we held the final workshop of this three year KTP between the Royal Horticultural Society and the University of Reading. This workshop was about project management, what a project is and how to avoid disasters.
Sarah Al-Beidh, the KTP Associate has been running her own KTP blog where she introduced herself as follows:“I’m Sarah Al-Beidh. My background includes a Natural Sciences degree (Cambridge Uni.), a Master of Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and a PhD investigating the fig/ fig- wasp mutualism (both Imperial College). Add in some waitressing (I make a mean soya latte) and a stint as a health food store manager and that’s – quite scarily- the past decade in a nutshell! Current post: KTP Associate with the University of Reading and the Royal Horticultural Society.”
It seems hardly any time since this project began and it has been very enjoyable working so closely both with Sarah and the RHS to develop science. During the project the RHS has broadened its research base, bringing in many new PhD students, initiated an annual PhD symposium, developed the Field Research Facility, and considerably increased its output of refereed publications. Reading University has gained through partnerships in new projects including a BBSRC CASE studentship that started on 1st May to develop molecular markers for powdery mildew identification.