Norwich Bioscience Institutes: Accessible Science Event

The Norwich Bioscience Institutes (NBI): Accessible Science Event will take place on Tuesday 10th October from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 3:15pm.

Hear from world-leading researchers and support staff from four NBI Institutes in a series of seminars and flash-talks, covering subjects including plant and microbial science and diseases, genetics, human health and the vast array of diverse careers in science. These talks are designed to be understandable and accessible to all, especially suited to A-level science students and anyone interested in science.

Where will the event take place?

The Accessible Science Event will be held at the John Innes Centre (JIC) Conference Centre.

However, A-level science classes and schools are invited to join online.


Who will the keynote speaker be?

Our keynote speaker is Prof Ben Garrod, Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia – an academic, conservationist, broadcaster and author. Visit to find out more


What is the programme of the event?

The Accessible Science Event programme is currently as follows:

10:00 – 10:05 Introduction by Penny Hundleby

10:05-10:35 Chair: Andrew Breakspear, Dr Anita Scoones (Earlham Institute) – Postdoctoral Scientist

10:35 – 11:05 Prof Sophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory) – Group Leader

11:05 – 11:35 Dr Ana Victoria Gutierrez (The Quadram) – Research Scientists

11:35 – 12:05 Flash talks:

  • Tim Hicks (The John Innes Centre) – Science Support Specialist
  • Anna Jordan (The John Innes Centre) – Entomology Assistant
  • Mark Youles (The Sainsbury Laboratory) – Synthetic Biology Support Officer

12:05 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 – 14:15 Chair: Andrew Stronach, Flash talks:

  • James Lipscombe (Earlham Institute) – Automation Senior Research Assistant (Genomics Pipelines)
  • Lizzie Meadows (The Quadram) – Clinical Liaison Manager
  • Lewis Hollingsworth (The John Innes Centre) – Horticultural Support Staff

14:15 – 14:45 Joshua Waites (The John Innes Centre) – Postgraduate Research Student

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speaker: Prof Ben Garrod (University of East Anglia) – Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement


How can schools join online?

If you are interested in joining us online, please register your interest by emailing

Further enquiries can be sent to or


This event is kindly supported by Technicians Commitment

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