Throughout the academic year, the John Innes Centre hosts a weekly programme of seminars with internationally significant plant and microbial scientists.

These seminars are held in the John Innes Conference Centre, and are open to scientists at the John Innes Centre and partner institutes on the Norwich Research Park as well as members of the public.

The Friday Seminars at the John Innes Centre have been running for many years and have hosted speakers from different disciplines relevant to plant and microbial science.

Over the years visiting speakers have included:

  • Venki Ramakrishnan (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge)
  • Nick Lane (University College, London)
  • Jean Beggs (Edinburgh)
  • Jennifer Doudna (University of California, Berkeley)
  • George Church (Harvard Medical School)
  • Michael Elowitz (California Institute of Technology)
  • Natasha Raikhel (University of California, Riverside)
  • Zachary Lippman (Cold Spring Harbor)

Named Lectures

In 2000, the Friday seminar programme was enhanced with the addition of ‘Named Lectures.’

These six lectures are held in honour of people significant in the history of the John Innes Centre, and include the prestigious biennial Bateson Lecture which was first held in 1951 in honour of the first Director, William Bateson.

Many of the lecturers also sit for a portrait during their visit. View Portraits

Find out more about the John Innes Centre's Named Lectures:

The Bateson Lecture

The Woolhouse Lecture

The Chatt Lecture

The Darlington Lecture

The Haldane Lecture

The Biffen Lecture

The Hopwood Lecture

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