17 Oct 2018

A day in the life of; a Lab Manager

Each Lab Manager is responsible for a particular building on-site; Chatt, Biffen and Bateson, but we work as a team, to ensure continuity, efficiency and best practice runs throughout the institute.

10 Oct 2018

Gardening for Butterflies

This year’s Heritage Open Day event for the John Innes Historical Collections was an opportunity to show off some of the entomological treasures in our Rare Books Library.

3 Oct 2018

A year in the life of a PhD student: #365DaysOfScience

If someone had asked me a few years ago if I would like to do a PhD, I would have said; “what on earth is it and what does it involve?” Yet here I am, a PhD student in the Molecular Microbiology department at the John Innes Centre.

26 Sep 2018

Balancing Species Conservation with Cereal Rust Resilience

Re-planting of Barberry bushes might be the last chance to save the endangered Barberry Carpet Moth (Pareulype berberata), but suggested conservation methods could come at the cost of a UK cereal crop epidemic

19 Sep 2018

Detoxifying the plant with the poisonous past

Grass pea, the crop with the curse, is set for a major change in reputation thousands of years after it was first cultivated.

12 Sep 2018

Introducing ResNet

Introducing ResNet; a cross-institute initiative promoting gender equality and fairness across the Norwich Research Park.

5 Sep 2018

The story of the 2018 Undergraduate Summer School

At the end of last week 15 undergraduates from all over the world gathered at the North Norfolk coast to enthusiastically share their experiences of spending 8 weeks on the Undergraduate Summer School Programme.

29 Aug 2018

Tales from Anne - Part 2

From turquoise suits to Athena SWAN gold

15 Aug 2018

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.

8 Aug 2018

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.

1 Aug 2018

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.

25 Jul 2018


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”.

18 Jul 2018

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...

11 Jul 2018

CEPAMS symposium 2018

Dr Felicity Perry tells the story of her trip to Beijing and Shanghai for the 2018 CEPAMS symposium.

4 Jul 2018

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.

27 Jun 2018

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.

20 Jun 2018

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.

13 Jun 2018

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.

6 Jun 2018

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.

30 May 2018

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.

23 May 2018

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

16 May 2018

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’.

9 May 2018

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.

2 May 2018

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.

25 Apr 2018

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.

18 Apr 2018

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.

11 Apr 2018

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.

4 Apr 2018

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.

28 Mar 2018

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.

21 Mar 2018

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.

14 Mar 2018

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.

7 Mar 2018

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."

28 Feb 2018

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.

21 Feb 2018

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.

14 Feb 2018

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.

7 Feb 2018

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.

31 Jan 2018

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.

24 Jan 2018

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

17 Jan 2018

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.

10 Jan 2018

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.

3 Jan 2018

Introducing MICRON

The MICRON network showcases the wide variety of microbiological research taking place on the Norwich Research Park

20 Dec 2017

Talking to Sir David Hopwood

We sat down with Sir David Hopwood to discuss his life and career.

12 Dec 2017

Women of the Future 2017

The 2017 Women of the Future Conference took place on Wednesday 29 November. 

6 Dec 2017

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’.

29 Nov 2017

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.

22 Nov 2017

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.

15 Nov 2017

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.

8 Nov 2017

Biotech YES

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.

1 Nov 2017

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. 

25 Oct 2017

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?

27 Sep 2017

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. 

20 Sep 2017

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

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