A craft brewery road-trip around Canada
In the summer of 2015 Catherine Jacott went to Prince Edward Island, on the Eastern coastline of Canada for her PIPS placement to research the growing craft brewing industry in the Maritime provinces. This is her story of the trip.
Introducing Communications Officer Ruby O'Grady
Last week we were delighted to welcome Ruby O’Grady to our Communications and Engagement team. Ruby joins us as a Communications Officer, specialising in digital and print media, particularly video production and editing.
Tales from Anne - Part 1
In 1987 Dr Anne Edwards joined the John Innes Centre, and things would never be the same again. It is not just her scientific impact that has made Anne a John Innes Centre institution. A font of John Innes history and an enthusiastic, passionate and infectiously lovely human Anne is also key cog in the social life of the institute. She is the go-to person for almost every question or if you want to hear a good story. We could no longer keep her to ourselves, so we sat down with Anne and asked her to recount her favourite stories from her 30 plus years on-site here in Norwich.
Everybody asks themselves; “What is the purpose of your life? Why are you living?” For me, I just want to contribute something that could benefit people. Not everybody can do something great, but everybody can do something. Little-by-little, that is how things progress, so I am just trying to contribute with sincere effort so things can get better”.
The story of the World Cup of Science
This summer, by complete coincidence, we thought it would be fun to run a World Cup. Rather than the more traditional football theme, ours would see 16 scientific advances made here at the John Innes Centre face-off in a public twitter vote to find a champion. Here's what happened...
CEPAMS symposium 2018
Dr Felicity Perry tells the story of her trip to Beijing and Shanghai for the 2018 CEPAMS symposium.
Nanopore sequencing for plant disease diagnostics in Ethiopia
This new strategy has the potential to revolutionise plant disease diagnostics and will likely have far-reaching implications for how new plant health threats are identified and tracked into the future.
Technician Commitment - 1 year on
In May 2017 we joined 35 universities and research institutes backing a pledge to support our technicians by becoming founding signatories of the Technician Commitment. One year on, this is what we have done (and what we still have to do) to achieve these aims.
Athena SWAN Gold - 1 year on
One year on from becoming the first Institution to be awarded Athena SWAN Gold, its impact on our culture continues to grow.
Help us transcribe a piece of genetics history
It might look unimpressive from the outside, but we need your help to transcribe this small, student notebook from the John Innes Centre Archives, which could help change our understanding of the history of genetics in Britain.
Introducing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team
It is the job of our Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team to enable that work and the scientists doing it, to ensure that we achieve the maximum benefits for society, the UK economy and to constructively inform policy.
Introducing the SAW Trust
SAW takes a fresh approach to science education, using intriguing images to initiate exploration of scientific research through activities in practical science, creative writing and visual arts, aimed at as wide an audience as possible.
The poetry of science
“Scientists, artists and creative writers share a common purpose in their attempts to describe, interpret and ultimately to understand the world around them” - David Ingram
The 2018 Innes Lecture; Citizen Science
This year’s ‘Innes Lecture’ took the theme of ‘citizen science’. Titled ‘Networks of Naturalists: Scientific communities in the 19th and 21st centuries’, Sally Shuttleworth and John Tweddle explored the history behind popular participation in natural knowledge and mapped today’s landscape of ‘citizen science’.
Introducing PostDoc Voice and QIPS
Behind the scenes of any successful institute are communities of people working together. Following last month's PostDoc Retreat, we asked Kelley Gallagher and Mark Kirkwood to introduce two of them; PostDoc Voice and QIPS.
Life in the field experimentation team
Rich Samworth works in the field experimentation team, which is responsible for looking after all the plants which are grown outside, i.e. not in the greenhouses or the controlled environment rooms, at the John Innes Centre. This is his story.
Working with angels
The Anglia Capital Group is the largest network of Business Angel Investors, in Norfolk and Suffolk, who are interested in investing in disruptive innovation, either through new start-up businesses or new technologies.
Keen on quinoa
As part of Elizabeth Chapman's BBSRC-funded PhD, she undertook 3-month internship at The British Quinoa Company. This is the story of what she learned.
An international life in science
Jodi Lilley is part of our International Development team where she combines being a Postdoctoral scientist with a role as International Development Co-ordinator. This is her story.
Measuring up to the complex challenge of shape; the story of Veronica and Stan's paper
Following the publication of their paper last month, Dr Veronica Grieneisen explains why quantifying shape is so important and how music, a popular geometric drawing toy and some serious mathematical modelling – all helped to inspire a fresh approach.
Conservation and Organic Farming Workshop
Conservation and Organic Farming Workshop brings scientists and farmers together to develop ways to address common challenges in conservation and organic agriculture.
Calling all biomakers; we challenge you to find technical solutions for biology
We are today launching the ‘Biomaker Challenge’; a four-month programme, taking place over the summer and challenging teams of people from different disciplines to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology.
Youth STEMM Award mid-term conference
Last week we hosted a Science Showcase to bring together many of the enthusiastic young people who are currently working towards a Youth STEMM Award, ranging from 13 to 18 years old and coming from schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Life in the Communications and Engagement team
Communications and Engagement Officer James Piercy tells us about his life communicating science; "It’s my job is to share the cool things we learn and spark a curiosity and fascination in our science with other people. This helps people understand what happens here and the impact our work can have on their lives."
Inside Norfolk's premier tiered-seating venue
Opened in 1995, primarily to support John Innes Centre science, the John Innes Conference Centre is the premier facility of its kind in Norfolk.
Life in the Media Preparation Area
Rather than journalists or twitter, the media we are concerned with are the many different types of agar, solutions and liquids that the John Innes Centre’s scientists use to grow microorganisms and plants.
First ever Science Innovation Showcase takes place
Our first ever ‘Science for Innovation Showcase’, took place over two days last week, bringing together leading scientists from the Norwich Research Park and more than 60 industry representatives.
Baby leaf kale resistant to downy mildew disease created in collaboration between industry and science
Downy mildew in baby leaf kale, could be a thing of the past, thanks to a recent collaboration between industry and science.
The story of GEN day
Our Genes in the Environment (GEN) programme held a mini, discussion-led, conference, to bring everyone working in the ISP together. Here's the story of the day.
LED light trial - energy-saving and speedier breeding
We have been trialling LED lights in place of traditional sodium-vapour, and fluorescent tube lamps in selected glasshouse and controlled environment rooms
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.
Peering down, into the future
Just weeks after the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution, we have taken delivery of a cryo-EM FEI Talos F200C microscope.
The MICRON network showcases the wide variety of microbiological research taking place on the Norwich Research Park
Talking to Sir David Hopwood
We sat down with Sir David Hopwood to discuss his life and career.
Women of the Future 2017
The 2017 Women of the Future Conference took place on Wednesday 29 November.
JBS Haldane at 125
The 5 November 2017 was the 125th Anniversary of the birth of one of our most famous alumni; John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964), affectionately known by many as ‘JBS’.
Starting a PhD at the John Innes Centre
Starting a PhD can be a daunting experience, so we asked one of our new PhD students what her experience has been. Jo Jennings tells us her story.
Rose Scott-Moncrieff named lectures to begin Friday
This Friday a new name will be added to our illustrious series of Friday Seminar named lectures; Rose Scott-Moncrieff. Prof Cathie Martin takes a look at the life and career of Rose Scott-Moncrieff who was fundamental in establishing the emerging field of biochemical genetics.
European school science project
Crop Genetics Research Assistant Rachel Burns wanted to engage schoolchildren across Europe in a real scientific investigation. This is the story of a project about to enter it's second year.
Matt Johnston tells us about Active Plant Protection; a next-generation plant defence company, which has made it through to the final of the Plant and Microbe BiotechYES competition.
Else Schulz; our mystery woman
Recently, a collection of sketchbooks came to light in the John Innes Centre archives. Normally, when a selection of books come to the collection, the archivists at least know who gave the books, where the books came from, when the books came and why they ended up in the collection. However, the archivists at the John Innes Centre Historical Collections team knew none of that. So, Madeline Ridout was given the task of deciphering this mystery, with nothing to work with except her name: Else Schulz.
What is plant transformation?
You may have heard plant scientists saying they used “plant transformation” to express a gene within a target plant. But what exactly does this mean?
The story of the Open Day
In 1967 the John Innes Institute, as it was then known upped sticks and moved from Bayfordbury in Hertfordshire to Norwich. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this move, we recently flung open our doors and invited everyone to come and look around, meet the scientists, and get hands on with our science.
A Visit to Vavilov
In February 2017, Professor George Lomonossoff and Dr Ian Gibson revived a hundred-year relationship between the John Innes Centre and St Petersburg, Russia with a visit to the N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry
The story of arabidopsis - Part 3
Arabidopsis’ story continues and the weed now forms the foundation of thousands of studies around the world, including at the John Innes Centre.
The story of arabidopsis - Part 2
It would be easy to assume that with the characteristics laid out in part 1 of this blog, that arabidopsis was always an obvious choice as a model organism, however it’s story is as tangled and complex as the bed of weeds it was plucked from.