Norwich - Visit to the John Innes Centre
The Norfolk Cambridge Society welcomes alumni and their guests on a tour of the John Innes Centre. The Centre is internationally recognised for its work in plant sciences, genetics, and microbiology. We will be met and shown around by Dr. James Piercy, following the tour there will be an opportunity to ask further questions over tea, purchased at the Centre.
Founded in 1910 in London and moving to Norwich in 1967, the John Innes Centre was established in 1994, by the amalgamation of the John Innes Institute, the Cambridge Laboratory, and the Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory. The site is leased to the Centre for 50 years, with an annual rental of one tree. They now have 40 research groups though much of the work still revolves around wheat, peas and brassicas and their diseases but also their adaptation to a fluctuating environment. In 2018, with 73 other research establishments, the complete genome sequencing of wheat was achieved, this being 5 times larger than the DNA sequence for humans.
To reserve spaces on the tour, please email the event organiser Geoffrey Smart using the link below.