The Woolhouse Lecture

The Woolhouse Lecture

Harold W Woolhouse was Director of the John Innes Centre between 1980 and 1989.

During his time as Director, the John Innes grew from just over 200 staff to over 800, incorporating the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Cambridge Laboratory and the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory

During this time he also made several crucial appointments, Caroline Dean, Nick Harberd and George Coupland representing a strategic move to the use of the model organism Arabidopsis at the John Innes Centre.

Woolhouse Lecture Speakers

2016 Martin Yanofsky, University of California San Diego - ‘Arabidopsis: From Fruit to Roots’

2014 Professor Gerd Juergens, ZMBP, University of Tuebingen - 'Plant cytokinesis - a tale of membrane traffic and fusion'

2012 Julian Schroeder – ‘Atmospheric CO2 sensing and drought-induced abscisic acid signalling in plants’

2010 Mark Estelle – ‘How does auxin do everything?’

2008 George Coupland – ‘Seasonal control of flowering in annual & perennial plants’

2006 Joseph Ecker –‘Discovery of functional elements in the Arabidopsis genome’

2005 Chris Somerville - 'Genetic dissection of cell wall structure and function'

2004 Nam-Hai Chua

2003 Joanne Chory

2001 Winslow Briggs

2000 Maarten Korneef

Speakers at the Woolhouse 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 Harold W Woolhouse. 

The Woolhouse 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 Hopwood Lecture, and you can click on them to see them in more detail.



Martin Yanofsky

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Julian Schroeder

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Mark Estelle

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George Coupland

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Joe Ecker

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Chris Somerville

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Nam-Hai Chua

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Joanne Chory



Winslow Briggs



Maarten Koornneef

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