John Innes Centre at Science in Norwich Day
The DNA Boogie
Jon Tickle opening Science in Norwich Day
Sarah Wilmot relating the story of the John Innes composts
Science in Norwich Day 2011
March 25th 2011
Over 2000 people visited Science in Norwich Day at the Forum in Norwich on Sat 19th March, the finale to National Science and Engineering Week. The day was officially opened by Laura McGillivray, Chief Executive Officer at Norwich City Council and Jon Tickle, from TV’s Brainiac and Big Brother. This started with a performance of the ‘DNA boogie’ on Millennium Plain.
A display depicting the historical story of the John Innes composts drew many reminiscences, alongside a display linking the John Innes Centre's seed bank collections with genome mining in the model plant, Arabidopsis.
Norwich Research Park researchers were joined by RSPB, Natural England, OPAL and Wright Solar for a day of hands on activities alongside the 2, 4, 6, 8 Maths Show and the Inspire Discovery Centre’s ‘Gross Show’.
Feedback from members’ of the public was overwhelmingly positive. Among the comments received were praise for the enthusiasm of the young people on all the stalls and their knowledge and willingness to share it with the young and old alike, and one girl claimed that it was the “best day of my life apart from Disneyland!”
Science in Norwich Day took place at the end of the British Science Association's National Science and Engineering Week, which also saw IFR scientsts taking part in the Showcase of Young Science Event.