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World Class Future Science Norfolk is home to a cluster of internationally-renowned research organisations. They are working together to tackle the major challenges facing all of us in the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment; our food supplies and healthy ageing. There are over 2500 scientists working to find realistic and practical solutions; who then have the infrastructure and support to translate these discoveries into commercially successful business. 

Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists”Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists” after London, Cambridge and Oxford and ahead of cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and York – evidence of our outstanding international reputation

Co-located adjacent to the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals on the Norwich Research Park in Eastern England

  • Four international centres of excellence in plant science, microbiology, harnessing food for health and controlling food-related disease
  • A world-class national facility for the study and application of genomics in animals, plants and microbes

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Managing the microbes – the key to solving the global nitrogen crisis

Experts from the UK and Brazil have joined forces to address the challenges and opportunities for agricultural nitrogen science in Florianopolis, Brazil.

How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism

A study of the colour patterns among wild flowers in a mountain valley has yielded a clue about how nature controls fundamental evolutionary change in all species.

Distinguished role model for women in science receives global award

A world-leading Norfolk plant scientist is today named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureate.

Iceni Diagnostics win Business Award

John Innes Centre and UEA spin-out company, Iceni Diagnostics, has won a prestigious award that celebrates the best businesses in the region.

The Gold Standard: John Innes Centre receives Athena SWAN Gold award

We become the first institution in the UK to achieve an Athena SWAN Gold Award. 

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From lab bench to back bench – TSL scientist visits the seat of power

The Sainsbury Laboratory researcher Dr Marina Pais is spending a week in Westminster in a scheme to bring together the worlds of policymakers and scientists. Dr Pais is one of 30 research scientists paired with UK parliamentarians and civil servants in the scheme organised by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. Dr... Read more »

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Prestigious European grant success for leading researcher from The Sainsbury Laboratory

  Professor Cyril Zipfel from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has been awarded a grant from a prestigious programme reserved for some of the top researchers in Europe. Professor Zipfel, who is head of TSL, based at Norwich Research Park, leads one of just three plant-science projects to receive the funding out of a total of 329... Read more »

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Barley is flavour of the month as new study settles centuries-old brewing debate

What makes a perfectly flavoured pint? It’s been the obsession of brewers big and small for centuries. For some it’s the hops, others say it’s the water, or yeast. But the science of beer has just added a flavour to the mash….barley. The discovery follows a five year study involving researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory,... Read more »

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World-class science recognised as four TSL scientists make prestigious “highly-cited” list

Four of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” are scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, who have recently been recognized for the impact of their work. Professor Jonathan Jones, Professor Sophien Kamoun, Professor Cyril Zipfel and Dr Joe Win have been classified among the Web of Science’s “most highly-cited” researcher list for 2017 in the... Read more »

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Early success for Late Blight Resistance trial in Potatoes

A genetically improved potato designed to have resistance to a devastating global plant disease has successfully come through the first year of field trials. The field trial conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich involves incorporating late blight resistant genes from a wild potato relative into a cultivated Maris Piper potato. “The first year... Read more »

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A new vision and Executive Director for The Sainsbury Laboratory

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich launches its new vision and announces the appointment of Professor Nicholas Talbot FRS as Executive Director. Professor Talbot is a world-renowned expert in molecular plant pathology. He is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact at the University of Exeter, and leads an internationally renowned research group. Professor Talbot will... Read more »

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Professor Jonathan Jones awarded Honorary Doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The Sainsbury Laboratory’s Professor Jonathan Jones, has been appointed Honorary Doctor of Agricultural Science by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Professor Jones was granted the award for his world-leading and pioneering research specialising in how plants resist disease and in identifying resistance genes in plants, expanding our knowledge on how plant defence systems... Read more »

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Changing of the guard – research sheds light on how plants breathe

New research is set to change the textbook understanding of how plants breathe. In research published in Plant Journal, a team led by Professor Richard Morris from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, Professor Silke Robatzek of The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, and collaborators from the University of Madrid, developed the first ever full 3D model of a... Read more »

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