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Under the name “Sweet Existence” Karen Barber presented a vibrant, colourful collection of abstract paintings on the occasion of a scientific event organized by IBCarb in July 2015, in Manchester.
IBCarb – Glycoscience Tools for Biotechnology & Bioenergy, is a BBSRC funded network in Biotechnology and Bioenergy. As a growing network of academics and industrialists collaborating on glycoscience research and technology, IBCarb actively works to engage with the public and communicate the impact of glycoscience for the benefit of society and commissioned the paintings to showcase the ubiquitous occurrence of sugars, along with their vital complexity, and as a surprising source of inspiration for artists.