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CambPlants Initiative

Dijana assists Mariana Fazenda and Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley in delivery of the CambPlants Initiative. This includes:

  • website management for CambPlants, the Bioenergy Initiative, CPPS and the Ethnobio Network
  • event organisation: assisting in preparation and delivery of outreach and networking events, incl taking photos at events
  • communication: writing CPPS newsletter, web text and images for advertising events, event summaries
  • administration: organising and minuting CPPS Steering Group Meetings
  • evidence of impact: assisting in collating evidence for outreach, tech transfer and impact generation

Dr Mariana Fazenda

Innovation and Enterprise Project Officer
Dr Mariana Fazenda
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333956

Biography:

Mariana has a degree in Biological Engineering from Technical University of Lisbon (2003) and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde with Masterfoods (2008), investigating novel fungal protein sources for food applications. For the last two years she has been working as a PDRA on an 4-year FP7 funded project, SeaBiotech - seeking to understand and develop successful industrial exploitation of promising activities in marine microorganisms (Images of Research participation).

Parallel to her research, Mariana was also a key team member who put forward the successful bid to the Scottish Funding Council for the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, IBioIC. In October 2013 she was awarded an EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account grant to exploit integrated and flexible product mix fermentation processes for food, feed and fuel from a single low cost cereal substrate. This has led to a patent application and it is now through the final stages of a Scottish Enterprise proof of concept application.

 

Research Interests

Mariana's role in the Department is to coordinate CambPlants, a Cambridge University initiative that provides an umbrella for activities with relevance to plants as contributors to food, energy, materials, health and ecosystem services. 

Aims

  1. to develop internal and external synergies and partnerships
  2. to foster interdisciplinary interactions across Cambridge University and support funding applications 
  3. to intensify collaborative activities with the Strategic Initiatives and Networks
  4. to inform and interact with public, government and NGOs
  5. to provide advice and guidance for impact case studies

Ms Dijana Maric

Project Co-ordinator
Ms Dijana Maric
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 761740

Biography:

Dijana works with the following cross-University Initiatives:

CambPlants Initiative

Bioenergy Initiative

Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences 

Ethnobio Network 

 

Dijana is also Secretary to the Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences (CPPS)

Other Professional Activities

 

Dijana also acts as Liasion for the following:

Science Festival 

Festival of Plants - held at the Botanic Gardens

EnAlgae Partnership

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Enterprise and Outreach Officer
Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333956

Biography:

Beatrix' role in the Department is to facilitate interaction between industry and research carried out in the department as well as outreach activities. As one of the University's Enterprise Champions, she represents the Department at Cambridge Enterprise, and provides a link to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. She is a founder member of the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative, a consortium working on sustainable bioenergy solutions, and coordinates CambPlants, an initiative that provides an umbrella for activities across Cambridge University with relevance to plants as contributors to food, energy, materials, health and ecosystem services. 

Since May 2014, Beatrix holds a joint appointment with the British Antarctic Survey, where she is Director of Innovation and Impact.  The Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences, a forum that brings together plant-related companies and research institutes in the area to facilitate efficient knowledge transfer between academic research and industrial application, is now convened by Prof. Howard Griffiths.