Year 10 Science Camp

The 2024 Year 10 Science Camp will take place at the John Innes Centre from Monday 8 July until Friday 12 July.

  • Applications for 2024 will close on Monday 15 January 2024

As part of Year 10 Science Camp, students will explore how some of the world’s best plant and microbial scientists work on their research and learn about all the ways in which the science of today is the reality of tomorrow.

Find out how you too can become a scientist to investigate mysteries and change the world. For example, in 2014 our Year 10 Science Camp students helped identify a new fungus.

This course is non-residential and you will need to arrange your own transportation for each day. Travel bursaries are available for those who receive free school meals.

Youth STEMM Award

Young people who are selected to take part in the Year 10 Science Camp will also have the opportunity to complete a Youth STEMM Award via a fully funded place on the programme. This is a skills award designed to support and inspire the next generation into STEMM. Time spent at Science Camp will help participants get around half-way towards achieving a Bronze level Award. We’ll provide a suggested list of easy to access activities to undertake before and after the camp, which will also help you to get more out of your JIC experience!

Visit to find out more about the Youth STEMM Award.


“I definitely recommend this amazing experience. I’ve already shared a lot of my experience with close friends and family members, who all agreed that the week sounded great.”

My week at John Innes was truly fantastic. I was able to learn about what a career in plant and microbial science might entail, while learning about the projects going on at the centre, and getting hands-on experience. My days were split between work placement and experiments in the lab.          

During my days on work placement, I spent one day with chromatography machines and another on confocal microscopes. Both were completely different days, but both were really interesting. It was just incredible to be in such a professional scientific environment. On the final day, we each created posters on what we had done during our different placements and presented  them to our parents, teachers and placement staff. It was amazing!”

“I would very highly recommend the John Innes Centre for work experience in order to discover what it’s like to work in a lab and just how many branches of science there are.” 

“Science camp is a place where everyone is welcome and has the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and welcoming environment. As a nonnative speaker, this experience can be even more valuable than for native speakers, as it gave me the opportunity to practise my English in a setting where everyone is encouraging and supportive.”


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