The Chatt Lecture

The Chatt Lecture

Professor Joseph Chatt CBE was Director of the Unit of Nitrogen Fixation between 1963 and 1980.

The Unit of Nitrogen Fixation was originally based at the University of Sussex, Brighton. In 1987 it became an outstation of the John Innes Centre and the staff relocated to a new building in Norwich in 1995.

His outstanding contributions were recognised by naming the new building to house the Unit after him. Today, it houses two departments within the John Innes Centre; Biological Chemistry and Molecular Microbiology.

Chatt Lecture Speakers

2016 Venki Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge – ‘Using recent advances in cryoelectron microscopy to study ribosome structure’

2015 Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley - 'Glycocalyx engineering toward probing cancer glycome evolution'

2012 Chris Walsh, Harvard Medical School - 'Posttranslational cascades in the biosynthesis of thiazolyl peptide antibiotics'

2009 Fraser Stoddart, North-western University - 'Radically enhanced molecular recognition'

2008 Timothy Richmond, ETH Zurich – ‘Chromatin structure and remodelling factor interaction’

2006 Sir Jack Baldwin – ‘Studies on beta-lactam antibiotic biosynthesis’

2005 George Whitesides

2004 Doug Rees

2003 Steve Lippard

2002 Tom Blundell

2000 Robert Huber

Speakers at the Chatt Lecture are presented with a print of a work of art by the late Leonie Woolhouse, a local artist and wife of the former Director Harold Woolhouse.

The piece illustrates the life and career of Joseph Chatt CBE FRS. 

The Chatt print by Leonie Woolhouse


During their visit to the John Innes Centre, speakers of the named lectures are given the opportunity to have their portrait done by Professor Enrico Coen FRS. The portraits are a memento of their lecture and visit.

Below you can see all portraits of the speakers of the Chatt Lecture, and you can click on them to see them in more detail.




Timothy Richmond




Jack Baldwin




Doug Rees




Steve Lippard




Tom Blundell




Robert Huber


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