In days gone by scientists who studied crops in the lab may never have set foot on a farm and farmers may never have spoken to a crop scientist. Thankfully things have changed a lot since those days as the need for greater communication between the two is more widely acknowledged. That is where we…Read more Young Innovators’ Forum – Agri-Tech East
As a public funded research institute, it is important the John Innes Centre engages with the public. After all, people ought to be able to find out what their taxes are being spent on! A research institute will always generate curiosity (what is going on in all those greenhouses!?) and it is all too…Read more Friends of John Innes Centre: Speed Date with a Scientist event
Last month I travelled across the county to Peterborough to help run the John Innes Centre stand at the East of England Agricultural Society’s Food and Farming day. Food and Farming day provides an opportunity for school children to understand agriculture and food production. Organisations were there from all parts of the agricultural industry, right…Read more Where does our food come from?
Many people think that doing a PhD is simply a case of working at a lab bench or computer desk all day every day. However, there is a lot more to PhD life than just experiments. There is a multitude of opportunities available outside of the lab, both here at the John Innes Centre as…Read more Opportunities for PhD students
For a fortnight this month I took part in a public engagement event called "I'm A Scientist... Get Me Out Of Here". Although it involves a lot less insect-eating and outdoor living than the similarly named ITV show, it does involve a whole lot of stress over the course of two weeks. The format of…Read more I’m a Scientist… Get Me Out Of Here!
Last week, a group of PhD students including myself joined scientists from the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) to run a stand at the Big Bang Fair, a science and engineering event at the NEC in Birmingham. The event ran from Thursday to Sunday, but it was only on Saturday that myself and two…Read more The Big Bang Fair 2014
This week’s featured scientist is the Daredevil Science Presenter, Greg Foot. Greg has been working in science communication for the past 10 years on TV, Radio and in live shows. You may have seen him on the BBC3 series Secrets of Everything, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, BBC Worldwide, Youtube’s Head Squeeze channel or in his…Read more Featured Scientist (IV): Greg Foot, Daredevil Science Presenter