February 2011

The GM Debate – Where are we?

This debate invited scientists at the John Innes Centre to interact with the public, to discuss the previous decade in the GM debate.

Speakers included Dr Wendy Harwood of the John Innes Centre, and Professor Jonathan Jones and Dr Simon Foster of The Sainsbury Laboratory.

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Looking back and going forward by Dr Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre

Genetic Modification or Global Malnutrition?  By Prof Jonathan Jones, The Sainsbury Laboratory

GM Potato Trial in Norfolk by Dr Simon Foster, The Sainsbury Laboratory

Q&A session chaired by Dr Gene Rowe, Institute of Food Research


March 2011

Showcase of Young Science 2011

The annual Showcase of Young Science event saw four early career scientists present their work, after which the audience were encouraged to vote for who they would give continued funding too.

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A mouldy story: how wheat combats disease by James Brown and Elizabeth Orton

Using maths to prevent botulism by Mike Peck and Ewelina Wachnika

A fungus among us: How fluorescent fungi and mutant plants can help feed the world by Jeremy Murray and Kirsty Jackson

Why do plants produce gases that harm the ozone later? By Lars Ostergaard and Evelyn Koerner


May 2011

New drugs for cancer

Presentations at the Friends of John Innes Centre event in May 2011 shed light on the latest developments in the identification and assessment of the next generation of potential anti-cancer drugs.

Speakers included Professor Rob Field, Professor Sarah O’Connor, and Professor Grant Wheeler of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research in Norwich by Prof Rob Field

Controlling Nature: Harnessing Plants for the Development of Improved Cancer Drugs by Prof Sarah O’Connor

Tadpoles on Drugs: Identifying New Compounds for Skin Cancer Treatment by Prof Grant Wheeler (UEA)


October 2011

The Norwich Science and Innovation Vision

In 2011, the government invested £26m in the Norwich Research Park. This event outlined plans as to how that money would be spent.

The Norwich Research Park is a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and four independent research centres; the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre.

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Welcome and Introduction to the Norwich Research Park by Prof Dale Sanders, Director, John Innes Centre.

Norwich Research Park – a bright future by Walter Herriot, Herriot Associates Ltd.

Anglia DNA by Dr Thomas Haizel, Managing Director, Anglia DNA Services

BBSRC/NRP Project 26 by Matt Hills, Head of Operations, Norwich Research Park.


November 2011

Should I listen to experts?

Who do you turn to for advice and which advice do you take?  A simple enough question but does your head ever rule your heart and are your decisions evidence based?  Do you ever doubt experts based on who they are seen to be representing and can you ever get truly independent advice?

This event explored aspects of decision making with ‘experts’ in risk perception, gardening and peer review.

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Gut instincts, expert judgements and things in between… by Gary Barker, Institute of Food Research.

How to avoid going down the wrong garden path by Bob Flowerdew

Peer Review by Andre Sugden, Deputy Editor & International Managing Director, Science.

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