One of our missions is to use our expert knowledge of plant and microbial biology to provide training to scientists throughout their careers, from school students to Group Leaders. 


Professional Registration

Research and Support Staff play an essential and important role at the John Innes Centre. Recognising this, they have become a Science Council Employer Champion.

As an Employer Champion the JIC will encourage career development for all its Research and Support Staff. This includes encouraging professional registration as a Registered Science Technician, a Registered Scientist, or a Chartered Scientist. The JIC will encourage all staff, who are eligible, to join the Science Council’s professional register.


Chris Lamb Training Suite

The Chris Lamb Training Suite, named after the former director of the institute, offers high specification training facilities to scientists at every stage of their career, with a full training laboratory, as well as an IT suite and lecture theatre.

Chris Lamb Training Suite Chris Lamb Training Suite

It is the central hub for the majority of the training activities that take place at the John Innes Centre each year, including the International Undergraduate Summer School and Inside Science.

Every summer, JIC, along with partners The Sainsbury Laboratory and the Genome Analysis Centre, host undergraduate students from across the world for an eight week residential summer school

The students follow an interdisciplinary research programme of training, research, seminars and social events with like-minded young scientists, working in state of the art laboratories across the three institutes. 

This Summer school has proved to be a benefit to students, who have gained new skills and unique laboratory experience which has enhanced their CV, and set them up for a successful career in science.

In July 2013 students from the John Innes Centre and University of Cambridge organised a student symposium hosted at the John Innes Conference Centre. This offered a unique networking event exclusively for plant science students, and also featured a grant proposal workshop.

Students were able to make new contacts, further their presentation skills in an academic setting, and collaborate on best practise for grant applications, providing valuable experience for furthering their careers in science.

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