Innovative Approaches, Technologies and Resources

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Contracts Office

Abstract

Our research encompasses the development and application of three innovative approaches to crop plant genomics, automated phenotyping and interpreting image data. These technologies and resources underpin research at JIC and elsewhere and promote new ways of working in plant science. Our in-field phenotyping and data management system will form part of a wider UK network for measuring crop performance in different environments, directly addressing goals in biotechnology and supporting precision tools. Specifically, we will develop infrastructure for automatic phenotyping of crop growth at the JIC Experimental Farm, and create new computational methods for analysis of plant growth in the field. This work will be carried out in collaboration with the EI High Performance Computing Group and Rothamsted Research (RRES). When fully operational, the JIC Automated Phenotyping Facility will form part of the National Plant Phenotyping Network, feeding data to the Agrimetrics Centre. We are also closely involved in the application of new computational approaches that aim to obtain structural understanding from image data generated by the Bioimaging Facility. Finally, we are responsible for innovation in gene transfer and genome engineering in the JIC Transformation Technology Platform. This provides the means to apply synthetic biology applications to wheat and brassica crops, and also provides a service for industrial collaborations.

Publications

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Bevan MW (2017) Genomic innovation for crop improvement. in Nature

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Boden SA (2019) How can developmental biology help feed a growing population? in Development (Cambridge, England)

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Borrill P (2019) Applying the latest advances in genomics and phenomics for trait discovery in polyploid wheat. in The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology

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Carter R (2017) Pavement cells and the topology puzzle. in Development (Cambridge, England)

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Coen E (2017) On genes and form. in Development (Cambridge, England)

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Coen E (2018) Early shaping of a leaf. in Nature plants

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Di Mambro R (2017) Auxin minimum triggers the developmental switch from cell division to cell differentiation in the root. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

 
Description Objective 9: Establishing analysis and visualisation tools
* We have completed updating and modifying software for segmentation of images of cells in growing leaves. We have also adapted and modified software for tracking cell divisions from live imaging data. These applications have been used to segment and track cells in a detailed time-course of wt and three mutants of Arabidopsis that influence cell proliferation. From this we will be able to understand quantitatively how the DA1-BB mechanism influences cell proliferation during early stages of leaf growth.
* New pipelines have been developed for tracking, analysing and modelling cell divisions in a growing tissue (e.g. leaf). A novel method for automated and quantitative assessment of complex cell shapes, including features such as protrusion number and amplitude, with demonstrated functionality for Arabidopsis, Drosophila and in silico cells, has been made publicly available (Sanchez-Corrales, Development (2018)). Software to analyse tissue topology of Arabidopsis leaves has also been made publicly available (Carter, Development (2017)). We have also established a tool for segmenting 2D and 3D microscopy images, as well as complex curved surfaces (under review). We combined these tools within a pipeline to analyse Arabidopsis leaf development (Fox, PLoS Biology (2018)). We integrated all into a pipeline to automatically follow Utricularia bladder development."
* We have also established unbiased image analysis methods for computing cell polarity fields.

Objective 10: Developing and applying automated phenotyping
* A scalable pipeline has been developed and used successfully on over 10,000 images for the quantitative analysis of cell shape in seed cell cross sections for precise phenotyping.
* We have developed an automated platform for scoring seed germination. We have found that artificial intelligence can be used to generate algorithms that score seed germination accurately from image stacks captured during the germination process. This protocol has been shown to work with Brassica, tomato, maize, wheat, rice and pepper seeds.
* Tools have been developed for abstraction of data storage and processing, to allow use of cloud resources, with involvement and funding from Microsoft Research.

Objective 11: Establishing and applying methods for efficient cost-effective gene transfer and genome editing in crop species.
* We have developed M7 single-seed descent populations for tetraploid and hexaploid wheat which are being bulked to establish a community resource through GRU in the coming months.
* We are skim-sequencing an M6 single-seed descent gamma-irradiated deletion population of hexaploid wheat. Seeds have been bulked in collaboration with DFW and will be made available through GRU in the coming months.
* CRISPR in B. napus of multiple paralogues of the gene REPLUMLESS has been achieved at low efficiency. Currently the process is under optimisation. In a collaborative project with Univ Arizona, we are testing the use of the so called WUSCHEL-BABYBOOM system to enhance the efficiency of transformation in both B. napus and B. rapa.
Exploitation Route The main outputs will be a suite of image analysis software that will make an important contribution to measuring and understanding of the cellular basis of organ growth in plants.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

 
Description We are projecting our technological capabilities and biological knowledge into commercial and public good crop improvement programmes. We have developed an automated platform for scoring seed germination using Artificial Intelligence. Screening of pre-commercial oilseed rape lines for germination vigour influenced decision making at one seed company on which varieties they will bring to the UK market. We have brought commercial income into the John Innes Centre from two further seed companies, one of which is using Seedgerm for routine seed technology applications in their vegetable seed business. Software to analyse tissue topology of Arabidopsis leaves has been made publicly available (Carter, Development (2017)) and is currently already being used by other groups for additional analysis on Arabidopsis leaves as well as other tissues. The novel method for automated and quantitative assessment of complex cell shapes, including features such as protrusion number and amplitude, with demonstrated functionality for Arabidopsis, Drosophila and in silico cells, has also been made publicly available (Sanchez-Corrales, Development (2018)). A new version of the Random Impact Machine for pod shatter testing has been produced, complete with upgraded software for the analysis of the results. The machine and software have been sold commercially as a packet and to date have been supplied to two partners. The software is also freely available on GitHub and currently submitted for publication. The system is currently being investigated by the AHDB as a criterion for the variety National List testing system. An expression browser has been developed for wheat gene expression data http://www.wheat-expression.com/ with over 5,000 users and 65,000 pageviews over the past 12 months (Ramirez-Gonzalez, Science (2018)). A pipeline to identify candidate resistance (R) genes in plants directly from a diversity panel has been developed called AgRenSeq. The diversity panel needs to be sequenced (R gene enrichment sequencing - RenSeq) and phenotyped. Software can be downloaded from: https://github.com/steuernb/AgRenSeq. Our findings have fed directly into training for industry and academics through organising and/or participating in the 'Bioinformatics to Advance Wheat Breeding', 'Monogram Bioinformatics', 'JIC-CAAS Oilseed Rape', 'FSOV-Paris', 'KWS Wheat network' and '5th Plant Genomics' workshops. Further to this, collaborative discussions have taken place with commercial companies, during 20 individual visits and with 60 representatives from industry over two days during the JIC's first 'Science Innovation Showcase', with the aim of establishing new projects. Further collaborative discussion with industry occurred during Morley Innovation Day, Oxford Farming Conference, BBSRC Campden BRI Science Innovation Showcase, BBSRC Science Showcase, Hutchinson's Winter Agronomy Conference, BRAVO annual stakeholder meetings, BCPC Pests and Beneficial review and with the Association of Independent Crop Consultants. GEN scientists contribute to debate and decision making, and provide scientific evidence to legislators, in areas of regulation that have an influence on the long-term direction of our work. We have discussed new technologies with the Board of GenOK Norway, Adam Staines, Matt Freeman and Harriet Trewin (BBSRC), MP Norman Lamb, Clare Moriarty, Will Davis (No. 10 policy unit) and the Government Office of Science. We also feed our findings and expertise into policy and decision making through membership of expert panels and formal working groups (DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave (Uauy), the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology (Ostergaard), the Global Plant Council New Breeding Technologies working group (Harwood), the advisory committee on Animal Feedstuffs (ACAF) as a biotechnology expert (Harwood)). We are building on the dialogue with the general public's uncertainties and misapprehensions about the predicted impacts of new technologies in crop improvement. We have communicated new research findings to a wide audience through different platforms including Press Releases (10 press releases since May 2017 including " Previously grainy wheat comes into focus", " Leaves possess a molecular compass" and "Big data harvesting tool will deliver smart farming"), Radio (BBC Radio 4 'World this Weekend' and 'Farming Today', Radio Extramadura (Spain)), TV (BBC Norfolk ), Articles in magazines, newsletters and online publications (BBC news, Newsweek, CPM Magazine, Economia Y Negocios, El Pais, El Mundo, El Confidencial, ABC, Spiegel online, Daily Mail online, Wired Magazine, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Guardian, Eastern Daily Press, Science, ), YouTube videos ('Evolutionary Genetics of Snapdragons', 'Modelling leaf shape', 'Why Gene Editing Matters') giving talks to the general public (Beccles U3A 'GM to Gene Edited Crops', Pint of Science, Wissey U3A Science and Technology group, Dragon Hall debates), podcasts ('Wheat Genome'), interactive outreach activities (Norwich Science Festival 2017 'The CRISPR Craze', NSF 2018 Soapbox Science) and participation in Open Days (Elsoms veg open day, JIC Open Day 2017). Our findings and expertise feed directly into training the next generation of scientists. We have trained 10 individuals in transformation and genome editing since the start of the programme and given lectures as a part of the MSc in Domestication and Gatsby Summer School.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Community of Practice (Eight-month training at BecA)
URL https://acaciaafrica.org/bioinformatics-community-practice/
 
Description Bioinformatics Training Workshop pre-Monogram
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics Traning Workshop pre-Monogram
 
Description Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bioinformatics for Plant Biology Course 2018
 
Description DEFRA roundtable on genome Editing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Contributed to a round table attended by Michael Gove to discuss regulation of genome editing.
 
Description Harwood W. became a member of the advisory committee on Animal Feeding stuffs (ACAF) as biotechnology expert, advising the government on biotechnology related issues including GM and genome editing.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description PhD lecture on Wheat genomics to Catholic University in Chile
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PhD lecture on Wheat genomics
 
Description Royal Society Meeting: The CRISPR revolution
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Three modules in Cambridge Plant Science undergraduate course
 
Description UK Global Food Security Science Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/
 
Description UK-China policy dialogue on genetic technologies, The Royal Society
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Discussion on regulatory requirements for genetic technologies, better understanding of participants positions.
 
Description Undergraduate course UEA MSc
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Undergraduate course UEA MSc
 
Description Visit by Adam Stains, Matt Freeman and Harriet Trewin, BBSRC: Discussion on latest developments in crop breeding techniques
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit from Government Office of Science (Nancy Bailey, Neil Waby, Rebecca Nohl)- Discussion on CRISPR gene editing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit from the Board of GenOk, Norway (senior advisors to Government in Norway and Finland) with Harwood W. to discuss advances in genetic modification and genome editing.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Visit of Norman Lamb MP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Workshop on Soft Skills, BGRI Meeting
 
Description Automation of seed performance testing
Amount £10,452 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R012369/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2018
 
Description Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship
Amount £135,331 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 06/2019
 
Description EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops
Amount € 33,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Molecular Biology Organisation 
Sector Learned Society
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) Phase 2
Amount $15,000,000 (USD)
Funding ID OPP1172165 
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 10/2019 
End 09/2022
 
Description International Wheat Yield Partnership
Amount £1,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description Seeding Catalyst Award
Amount £34,814 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/SCA/JIC/17 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 02/2018
 
Title new seed germination phenotyping platform 
Description We have developed new hardware and software that automates seed germination phenotyping. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This has allowed us to increase the throughpout of seed phenotyping procedures in the lab. 
 
Title PolyMarker 
Description Update on Primer design for polyploid species 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Title Wheat Expression 
Description The majority of RNA-seq expression studies in plants remain underutilised and inaccessible due to the use of disparate transcriptome references and the lack of skills and resources to analyse and visualise this data. We have developed expVIP, an expression Visualisation and Integration Platform, which allows easy analysis of RNA-seq data combined with an intuitive and interactive interface. Users can analyse public and user-specified datasets with minimal bioinformatics knowledge using the expVIP virtual machine. This generates a custom web browser to visualise, sort and filter the RNA-seq data and provides outputs for differential gene expression analysis. We demonstrate expVIP's suitability for polyploid crops and evaluate its performance across a range of biologically-relevant scenarios. To exemplify its use in crop research we developed a flexible wheat expression browser (www.wheat-expression.com) which can be expanded with user-generated data in a local virtual machine environment. The open-access expVIP platform will facilitate the analysis of gene expression data from a wide variety of species by enabling the easy integration, visualisation and comparison of RNA-seq data across experiments. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This database provides open access to over 400 RNAseq studies in wheat and the underlying algorithms are all available to adapt to any species with a reference genome. Over 11,000 sessions from >5,000 and >50,000 pageviews 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING 
Description Database with data from exome captured wheat mutants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 2,000 unique users across >5,000 sessions. 
URL http://www.wheat-tilling.com
 
Title Wheat TILLING in EnsemblPlants 
Description Update of sequenced mutants and coordination with ensemblPlants 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact over 7000 mutants distributed from over 300 orders 
URL http://plants.ensembl.org/Triticum_aestivum/Info/Index
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description This website provides background information and practical resources to help both budding wheat scientists as well as researchers looking to expand their work into wheat. There is a need to improve crops to feed the world's growing population with the backdrop of climate change. Translation of fundamental plant biology research (e.g. from Arabidopsis thaliana) into crops such as wheat provides a potential route to deal with this challenge. However learning even simple tasks such as growing and crossing wheat plants requires time and effort, while material and methods sections in published articles are often short and cannot substitute teaching aids. This is also true for more complex topics such as the genomics aspect of wheat. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact >4,500 sessions from >2,700 users 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title Wheat Training 
Description Wheat Training website to help new researchers engage with wheat 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact http://www.wheat-training.com/ 
URL http://www.wheat-training.com/
 
Title eFP expression browser 
Description Expression browser for wheat data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://bar.utoronto.ca/efp_wheat/cgi-bin/efpWeb.cgi
 
Description 10 Pangenome Project 
Organisation University of Saskatchewan
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration for 10 pangenome project
Impact Sequencing of 10 wheat varieties
Start Year 2017
 
Description Bayer 
Organisation Bayer
Department Bayer CropScience Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Wheat genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat breeding and molecular knowledge
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaboration with the Earlham Institute 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We provided expertise in seed germination, and datasets of images of seed germination in a number of species.
Collaborator Contribution Our collaborators used their expertise in machine learning and computer vision to develop algorithms for scoring seed germination
Impact This is an interdisciplinary collaboration, the disciplanes being plant science and artifical intelligence. The outcome is a new automated software tool for scoring seed germination from image stacks.
Start Year 2016
 
Description KWS 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Breeder know how and germplasm
Impact joint projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Limagrain 
Organisation Limagrain
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Germplasm and breeder know-how
Impact Phd Studentship, field trails, among others
Start Year 2009
 
Description New marker technologies for wheat using Illumina sequencing 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The overall aim of the partnership with EI is to develop a new set of sequencing technologies for high-throughput genotyping of wheat using the power of Illumina sequencing. JIC is providing ideas and concepts and wheat DNA samples for analyses and coordinates the project; UPDATE: NIAB is providing access to populations for genotyping
Collaborator Contribution The EI provides sequencing and analyses and interpretation in the partnership. NIAB provide lines for testing genotyping and assistance with analysis of data.
Impact It is too early for any outputs of the project. We have done extensive computational analyses of 10 sequenced and assembled wheat varieties and identified vast numbers of variety-specific polymorphisms. These have been mapped to the reference assembly. A set of 1000 polymorphic regions mapped to each Mb of group 3 chromosomes was identified and gene capture probes designed. DNA from a wide variety of testing lines has been made. In the coming months this DNA will be genotyped to test the method. Future goals are to refine the method to make it cost effective for application in pedigree breeding
Start Year 2017
 
Description New marker technologies for wheat using Illumina sequencing 
Organisation National Institute Of Agricultural Botany
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The overall aim of the partnership with EI is to develop a new set of sequencing technologies for high-throughput genotyping of wheat using the power of Illumina sequencing. JIC is providing ideas and concepts and wheat DNA samples for analyses and coordinates the project; UPDATE: NIAB is providing access to populations for genotyping
Collaborator Contribution The EI provides sequencing and analyses and interpretation in the partnership. NIAB provide lines for testing genotyping and assistance with analysis of data.
Impact It is too early for any outputs of the project. We have done extensive computational analyses of 10 sequenced and assembled wheat varieties and identified vast numbers of variety-specific polymorphisms. These have been mapped to the reference assembly. A set of 1000 polymorphic regions mapped to each Mb of group 3 chromosomes was identified and gene capture probes designed. DNA from a wide variety of testing lines has been made. In the coming months this DNA will be genotyped to test the method. Future goals are to refine the method to make it cost effective for application in pedigree breeding
Start Year 2017
 
Description New marker technologies for wheat using Illumina sequencing 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The overall aim of the partnership with EI is to develop a new set of sequencing technologies for high-throughput genotyping of wheat using the power of Illumina sequencing. JIC is providing ideas and concepts and wheat DNA samples for analyses and coordinates the project; UPDATE: NIAB is providing access to populations for genotyping
Collaborator Contribution The EI provides sequencing and analyses and interpretation in the partnership. NIAB provide lines for testing genotyping and assistance with analysis of data.
Impact It is too early for any outputs of the project. We have done extensive computational analyses of 10 sequenced and assembled wheat varieties and identified vast numbers of variety-specific polymorphisms. These have been mapped to the reference assembly. A set of 1000 polymorphic regions mapped to each Mb of group 3 chromosomes was identified and gene capture probes designed. DNA from a wide variety of testing lines has been made. In the coming months this DNA will be genotyped to test the method. Future goals are to refine the method to make it cost effective for application in pedigree breeding
Start Year 2017
 
Description Punjab Agricultural University 
Organisation Punjab Aricultural University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Know how on wheat genomics and genetics, training.
Collaborator Contribution Gernplasm, local knowledge
Impact Have helped partners implement marker technology.
Start Year 2011
 
Description RAGT 
Organisation RAGT Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Genetics and genomics
Collaborator Contribution Wheat germplasm and know how
Impact Shared projects
Start Year 2009
 
Description Syngenta 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Have shared germplasm for use in their breeding programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Have taken up JIC IP to use in their breeding operations.
Impact This has just started.
Start Year 2017
 
Description collaboration with syngenta seeds 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Department Syngenta Seeds
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution we identified a joint research inetrest in automation of seed vigour testing. we provided software for testing for automatic calculation of germination parameters.
Collaborator Contribution They provided seeds and expertise in germination box design.
Impact computer science plant science
Start Year 2016
 
Title Development of SeedGerm automated seed germination scoring software 
Description The software automates the scoring of seed germination of lots of cereal, Brassica, tomato, pepper, maize and rice seeds. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The software has been licensed to Syngenta Seeds for use in routine seed technology applications. The software has been trialled at Elsoms seeds for monitoring vegetable seed germination. The software has been used in a collaboration with KWS to aid in selecting high vigour oilseed rape lines. 
 
Title Expression Browser in wheat 
Description Expression browser for wheat gene expression data 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact New biology 
URL http://www.wheat-expression.com/
 
Title Random Impact Machine V2 
Description New version of the Random Impact Machine for pod shatter testing produced complete with upgraded software for the analysis of the results. Software is freely available on GitHub and currently submitted for publication. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Machine and software have been sold commercially as a packet. The systems is currently being investigated by the AHDB as a criteria for the variety National List testing system. 
 
Description 8-week Undergraduate Summer School 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact During 8 weeks of the summer of 2018 15 undergraduates participated in the John Innes Centre International Summer School, which provides invaluable insight and experience of research to undergraduates about to enter their final year of studies. Each student spends 8 weeks in a lab at either the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute or the John Innes Centre, all located on the Norwich Research Park working on a project that they have selected. Enrico Coen is a key player in the organisation and running of the summer school. Other scientists in GEN were also involved in the training and speaking to the students during their stay.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/2018-undergraduate-summer-school/
 
Description ABC (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Descifrado el genoma del trigo, el cereal más cultivado del planeta
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://abci-descifrado-genoma-trigo-cereal-mas-cultivado-planeta-201808162031_noticia.html
 
Description Agricultural Industries Confederation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agribusiness Meeting: A step change in plant breeding to achieve a UK competitive advantage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Article STEMM Champion: Sam Fox 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor article about Sam Fox (Coen Lab) as a STEMM Champion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.techcorridor.co.uk/articles/tech-corridor-women-in-steam-the-scientists/
 
Description Article for publication highlight - ISPMF society newsletter : European Court of Justice ruling on Plant Genome Editing: 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Abstract: On July 25th 2018 the European Court of Justice ruled that Genome Edited plants were not exempt from the EU GMO directive. A decision which shocked the scientific community resulting in a great deal of lobbying to challenge this decision...
The decision on whether to exempt genome edited plants from the burdensome EU GMO directive had been eagerly awaited in Europe for the last few years. According to the EU GMO directive a plant is considered a GMO if it has been altered in such a way that could not occur in nature. By this very definition genome edited crops are thus considered GMOs. However, within the current directive - which was written in 2001 prior to Genome Editing techniques being developed - several breeding techniques were listed as being exempt from the directive, one of which was mutagenesis. Mutation breeding, developed in the 1930s, involves the exposure of seeds to chemical or radiation treatment to induce changes to the plants DNA. This exposure can result in 100s to 1000s of random double stranded breaks in the plants DNA which the cell will attempts to repair. During the repair process errors can occur; some bases (A, C, T or Gs) may be deleted, or the wrong bases recruited during the repair, resulting in mutations (or changes) to the original genetic sequence. Some of these changes may result in desirable new traits breeders could then introduce into their traditional breeding programs, backcrossing over many generations to remove the undesirable mutations. Whereas, genome editing technology allows for targeted breaks to be made to the DNA at a precise location, which can then be repaired by the cells own error prone repair mechanism as described before. Resulting in a mutation that could be indistinguishable from one developed through mutation breeding, albeit produced far quicker and with more precision. This led several EU Member States to interpret the GMO directive to conclude that certain cases of genome editing, which result in mutations to the existing plant genome (i.e. not the introduction of new genetic sequences) should fall within the same exemption category as mutagenesis. Indeed, this was the view taken by several countries outside of the EU, such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the US, Canada and Japan. This decision by some EU Member States to exempt such genome edited plants from the GMO directive was later challenged by several NGOs and eventually referred to the European Court of Justice to decide. The ruling on the 25th July 2018, failed to deliver the clarity sought by many, especially given the added complexity that the detection and identification of unknown genome-edited crops is currently not achievable under realistic circumstances.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Association of independent crop consultants (AICC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at the Association of Independent Crop Consultants Conference 2019 followed by panel discussion session on the role of research and plant breeding in pest resistance. Excellent networking made with a different stakeholder group gaining better interactions in this area. Networking with the AICC resulted in their attendance of the BRAVO stakeholders meeting and requested interest on information for future activities. Contacts made will contact JIC for speaker selection in the future offering the oppertunities to promote other projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attendance of a genome database workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attendanec of the Ensembl 4 Breeders workshop at EBI to discuss use of Ensembl plants database and future interactions and accesibility for data that is being generated by the BBSRC sLoLa BRAVO and the UK Brassica Research Community. The workshop included a planning session for future functionality that is desired within EnsemblPlants. This discussion has influenced the work which will be taken forward at the EBI. Potential funding opportunities were discussed. Discussion of the data generated within BRAVO highlighted the potential use to the breeding community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Australian, UK scientists solve 30-year wheat rust genetics puzzle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uos-aus082418.php
 
Description BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat gene map to help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45173968
 
Description BBC Norfolk TV Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As ISP funding was publicised, local news media ran stories on the impact this will have to science, the environment, industry and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World: wheat genome (Pallab Ghosh)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BBSRC Food Priming Partnership Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Science showcase event at Camden BRI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry-academia interactions in a BBSRC-organised event at Camden BRI to showcase relevant BBSRC projects. I presented the BRAVO programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BCPC Pests and Beneficial review presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk on plant breeding for insect resistance and new breeding approaches at the BCPC Pests and Beneficials review 2019 meeting. A good feedback and panel discussion session followed the presentation session. Presentation has resulted in increase networking with other organisations working in this area and a Press release in the Farmers Guardian magazine. Future development of research activities has been discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Biogemma collaboration visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to Biogemma to talk about current research in Brassica at JIC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CPM Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact CPM Magazine interview on wheat genome and genetics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cpm-magazine.co.uk/2018/08/21/genetics-hope-future-wheat/#
 
Description Careers talk for PhD students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Wager N. gave a talk at the ENVEast Doctoral Training Programme about doing a PhD, career choices, and her current role at the JIC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cibus 2018, Salone internazionale dell'alimentazione
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Clover Seeds and CN seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to JIC from members of Clover and CN Seed to discuss current industry needs and work ongoing at JIC where there could be potential interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Construct build and barley transformation: training given to Aleksandra Smoczyñska and Aleksandra Grabowska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Smedley M. A., Hinchliffe A., Harwood W. A delivered 14 days training on construct build and barley transformation to Aleksandra Smoczyñska and Aleksandra Grabowska from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DBT-BBSRC Smart Agriculture Conclave
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Daily Mail Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genetic make-up of wheat has been decoded for the first time: Scientists say it could lead to low allergy varieties and crops that need less water
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6068177/Genetic-make-wheat-decoded-time.html
 
Description Demonstration of plant tissue culture as part of the JIC open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 16th Sept, as a part of the JIc Open Day, Harwood W., Atkinson N., Hinchliffe A., Hundleby P., Hayta S., Amador M. ran a stand demonstrating plant tissue culture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion Norman Lamb, MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion Norman Lamb, MP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Gov Office Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with Gov Office Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with Syngenta 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dragon Hall Debates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to a debate on 'Should we edit Genes?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Eastern Daily Press 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How Norwich scientists' wheat DNA breakthrough could help feed the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/john-innes-centre-norwich-wheat-genome-1-5655948
 
Description El Confidencial (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El pan del futuro ya está aquí: científicos secuencian los 107.891 genes del trigo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/ciencia/2018-08-16/secuencian-genoma-trigo-pan-futuro_1604...
 
Description El Mundo (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del trigo harinero ayudará a crear variedades más resistentes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/ciencia/2018/08/16/5b75ab13468aeb3d7e8b458b.html
 
Description El Pais (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact El genoma del alimento que da a la humanidad una de cada cinco calorías
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/16/ciencia/1534414224_631189.html
 
Description Elsoms Veg open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at the Elsoms Vegetable open day displaying the current work of JIC. Discussed many current projects with the industry members that visited the open day and trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit regarding Brassica research at JIC. Good discussion had
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elsoms seeds visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Elsoms seeds to discuss Speed breeding and speed cloning of disease resistance genes . Good discussions had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with Government- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation in debate on UK PSF report on Challenges for Plant Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Farmers Weekly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists apply for GM wheat and Crispr brassica field trials
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/scientists-apply-for-gm-wheat-and-crispr-brassica-field-trials
 
Description Farmers guardian - slugs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Media interview and provided help with article editing following a talk at the BCPC Pests and Beneficials conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Garnet York 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Garnet York 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Gatbsy Plant Science Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Can wheat genomics help alleviate food insecurity?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Genoma completo del trigo augura mayor rendimiento y seguridad alimentaria al mundo
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.economiaynegocios.cl/noticias/noticias.asp?id=496697
 
Description International Undergraduate Summer School 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The International summer school provides 15 students with 8 weeks of training, invaluable insight and experience of research to undergraduates about to enter their final year of studies. Each student spends 8 weeks in a lab at either the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute or the John Innes Centre, all located on the Norwich Research Park working on a project that they have selected.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview article in school science magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sam Fox was interviewed for an article in a school magazine on the 7th March 2018. The interview was about her job as a plant scientist and the route educationally she took to get into that role.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for BBC radio 4 farming today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Anna Hill from Farming today, BBC radio 4, discussing genome editing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Italian Society of Genetics (SIGA) and Plant Biology (SIBV) Joint meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote at PISA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description JIC Open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JIC Open Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JIC scientists presenting their science to invited industry/companies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at JIC Science Innovation Showcase with over 100 industry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description JIC Science for Innovation Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Showcasing leading-edge science that can inspire industry, as well as 1-2-1 discussions between scientists and industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description KWS Wheat network discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion with KWS scientist and breeders on wheat networks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: Canadian Wheat Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Canadian Wheat Symposium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote: From Seed to Pasta III 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Seed to Pasta III
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mardlers dinner discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A group of local landowners/farmers (the Mardlers) were invited to JIC for discussions on current research. The Mardlers regularly meet in the local area with a JIC representative being in attendance at every meeting. As an alternative this event was held onsite at JIC. Discussions were held about current research at JIC and opinions heard from both the science, farming and economic areas. Both scientist and other attendees were educated about opinions and practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with KWS Seeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact KWS visited JIC to discuss future collborations in seed vigour in oilseed rape. Previous porogress was reviewed and plans made to draw up tenders for new contracts were made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Monogram Bioinformatics Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Morley Innovation Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Stand at Morley Innovation Day to present the current Brassica work at John Innes to the farming community and general public. Discussions held with many of the stalls visiotrs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NBT platform meetings in Brussels 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The New Breeding Techniques Platform ('NBT Platform') is a coalition of SMEs, large industry and prominent academic and research institutes which strives to bring clarity to the European debate on New Breeding Techniques. http://www.nbtplatform.org/about-the-nbt-platform

Prof. Harwood W. represented the JIC on the NBT platform at meetings in Brussels on: 21st Sept 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Oxford Farming Conference talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Oxford Farming Conference talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0QJDivWgA
 
Description Participation in a 'Lives in Science' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Karen Lee participated in a 'Lives in Science' workshop in a local school. During the workshop she spoke to the students about her career as a plant scientist and encouraged them to participate in interactive activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Norwich Science Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pint of Science Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Pint of Science event at St Andrews Brew House, Norwich presenting on 'CRISPRy Crops'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Philippa Borrill gave a Pint of Science Talk entitled: 'Senescence In Wheat: A Matter Of Life And Death' in May 2018.

One of the few certainties of life is that it will come to an end. But you might not think of death as being a choice. Well plants do! Dr. Philippa Borrill is uncovering the complex molecular network in wheat which governs this important decision. Wheat is probably the most important crop in the world, yet it has one of the most challenging genomes. Philippa is on the leading edge of wheat genomics and her research will have a big impact on crop yields in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/evolving-diversity-the-mechanisms-behind-evolution
 
Description Pint of Science talk to general public 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "Watch out, it's a trap! Find out how plants evolve carnivorous structures spoiler alert - it's actually a modified leaf. " Chris Whitewoods gave a talk to the genral public on his research in the Coen Lab on the 14th May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science talk: 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rebecca Mosher gave a talk entitled 'Jumping Genes! How The Environment Influences Our Genomes' as a part of Pint of Science in May 2018.

"Did you feel that? I think one of your genes just jumped! Dr. Rebecca Mosher studies those jumping genes and how our cells try to keep them still. Although jumping genes can be dangerous because they cause mutations, sometimes a lucky jump can create something new and useful."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/evolving-diversity-the-mechanisms-behind-evolution
 
Description Presentation for Beccles U3A 'GM to Gene Edited Crops' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 20 Sep 2017 Wendy Harwood gave a Presentation for Beccles U3A entitled: 'GM to Gene Edited Crops'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Press Release: Temperature resilient crops now an "achievable dream" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/temperature-resilient-crops-now-an-achievable-dream/
 
Description Press release: "Big data harvesting tool will deliver smart farming" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/big-data-harvesting-tool-will-deliver-smart-farming/
 
Description Press release: "How Capsella followed its lonely heart" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/how-capsella-followed-its-lonely-heart/
 
Description Press release: "How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/how-snapdragons-keep-their-colour-signposting-trick-reveals-evolutionary-...
 
Description Press release: "How Snapdragons keep their colour: signposting trick reveals evolutionary mechanism" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the following articles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/science/snapdragons-colors-genes.html

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/norwich-scientists-discovery-of-genetic-gymnastics-in-snapdragons-brings-new-insight-into-evolution-1-5294260

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/snapdragons-spanish-pyrenees

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171116142146.htm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/how-snapdragons-keep-their-colour-signposting-trick-reveals-evolutionary-...
 
Description Press release: "Leap forward in understanding plant organ growth" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/new-model-is-a-leap-forward-in-understanding-plant-organ-growth/
 
Description Press release: "Leaves possess a molecular compass" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/leaves-possess-a-molecular-compass/
 
Description Press release: "Major award recognises UK and global impact of wheat scientist" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/major-award-recognises-uk-and-global-impact-of-wheat-scientist/
 
Description Press release: "Mother knows best - how plants help offspring by passing on seasonal clues" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/news/mother-knows-best-how-plants-help-offspring-by-passing-on-seasonal-clues/
 
Description Press release: "Previously grainy wheat genome comes into focus" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised. The press release led to the production of 85 stories (26 online, 11 association, 3 daily newspaper, 1 magazine, 1 news service, 23 news website, 20 other and 1) following the publication of her paper. The total ad value is the estimated cost of how much your coverage adds up if you took out an advert of equivalent prominence in that publication. This is: £133,518.86 to date. Monthly visits is for the online stories is worth = £1,611,830,585
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/previously-grainy-wheat-genome-comes-into-focus/
 
Description Press release: "Pumping Iron - Biofortified wheat produces white flour with extra iron" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/pumping-iron-biofortified-wheat-produces-white-flour-with-extra-...
 
Description Press release: "Snapdragon enters the genomic age" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/snapdragon-enters-the-genomic-age/
 
Description Press release: "Transformed: the plant whose sex life fascinated Charles Darwin" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release was completed on the story and released to the John Innes Centre website with a link to collaborators and the paper. The story was also then promoted via the social media platform including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. To promote the story further distribution platforms including 'Eurekaalert' (for a science specific audience) and 'Vuelio' (for a more general audience) were used. Own contacts were also followed up including local news reporters to ensure the paper and story was well publicised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/press-release/transformed-the-plant-whose-sex-life-fascinated-charles-darwin/
 
Description Prime Agriculture LLP visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit by Prime agriculture to JIC to discuss ongoing work which may be of interest to crop consultants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research DFID
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview for genome paper: Radio Cardiff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/pythagoras_trousers/pythagoras-trousers-episode-421-mapping-the-wheat-genom...
 
Description Radio Extramadura (Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview in spanish regarding wheat genome sequence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.canalextremadura.es/alacarta/radio/audios/principio-de-incertidumbre-la-secuenciacion-del...
 
Description Radio interview- Radio 4 Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview in the glasshouse among Brassica plants with Anna Hill from BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme. Specifically describing the BRAVO programme with clear connections and links to the GEN ISP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recommended list board talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to present work on Random Impact testing to the Recommended List Board for oilseeds. Good disccussion followed and furhter work has now been completed in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Redburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Redburn investment bank
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Wheat's complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/wheat-s-complex-genome-finally-deciphered-offering-hope-bette...
 
Description Science Cafe Public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enrico Coen and Scott Boden gave a joint Science Cafe talk entitled 'Cereals and Snapdragons' to the general public in Oct 2018 as a part of the Norwich Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science and Faith 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Is it ethical to oppose modern plant breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scientist question time at a local school 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Rebecca Horn took part in 'scientist question time' at a local primary school answering questions about what a scientists do in their jobs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Soapbox Science Norwich Science Festival: how plants shape their leaves 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the 27th October 2018 Beccy Horn in the Coen Lab stood on a raised platform in Norwich City Centre and spoke to the genral public about their research that understands how the different shapes of leaves are formed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Spiegel Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Researchers crack wheat puzzles - and hope for fewer hunger victims
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weizen-forscher-entschluesseln-genom-und-wollen-hunger-eind...
 
Description Talk Aarhus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at Aarhus University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at OREGIN meeting, York, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to breeders and academia within the UK Oilseed RapE Genetic Improvement Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Atlantic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists Finally Crack Wheat's Absurdly Complex Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/wheat-genome-is-best-thing-since-sliced-bread/56...
 
Description The Economist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Revealing the wheat genome could lead to hypoallergenic bread
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/08/18/revealing-the-wheat-genome-could-lead-to...
 
Description The Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/16/scientists-sequence-wheat-genome-in-breakthrough-onc...
 
Description Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Training in "Bioinformatics to advance wheat breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit from Bayer Crop Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on SeedGerm - tracking and assessing seed germination
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to JIC by the Flying Farmers association 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to the JIC by a farming group. Presentation given in an informal manner provocking discussion session. Furhte rdiscussions held over an informal lunch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wired Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact AFTER 13 YEARS, SCIENTISTS FINALLY MAP THE MASSIVE WHEAT GENOME
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wired.com/story/after-13-years-scientists-finally-map-the-massive-wheat-genome/
 
Description Women of the Future 2017 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The 3rd Women of the Future Conference took place on Wednesday 29th November 2017. 170 young girls from 17 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk attended the unique event. The event is specifically aimed at Year 10 girls, and aims to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and facilitate engagement with world class scientists and leaders and promote careers in STEMM subjects.

The lack of women in STEMM careers continues to be a real cause for concern for employers.

At the John Innes Centre we are committed to promoting equality and diversity for all our staff and students and in addition recognise the importance of inspiring the next generation of female STEMM professionals.

Having first been launched in 2015, this year's event built on the success of the previous two conferences, giving the participants a great chance to meet and speak with more than 27 female role models and exhibitors from a diverse range of industries.

There was also fascinating line-up of speakers that included science author and presenter Dr Emily Grossman, Senior Advisor for Medical Applications at CERN Dr Manjit Dosanjh, and JIC Research Fellow Dr Philippa Borrill.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/women-of-the-future-2017/
 
Description Women of the Future Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Women of the Future 2018 event took place with 200 girls from yr 10 (14-15 yr olds)

5 GEN female people involved:
-Speakers Jemima Brinton & Mikhaela Neequaye (Jemima is a researcher in crop genetics, Mikhaela is a Phd student in food nutrition). Science Chat on the Sofa with Speakers (Auditorium) -Chaired by Samantha Fox
-Closing Remarks - Samantha Fox
-Meet a professional session: Mikhaela Neequaye, Natalie Wager, Jess Hughes, Penny Hundleby
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.jic.ac.uk/blog/the-story-of-women-of-the-future-2018/
 
Description Workshop JIC-CAAS on oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop with Chinese colleagues from Wuhan university to explore potential for collaboration and joint grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description YouTube video created: Evolutionary Genetics of Snapdragons 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'A Flying Visit to the Antirrhinum Hybrid Zone in the Pyrenees'
Take a tour through the hybrid zone in the Pyrenees where a population of magenta Antirrhinum pseudomajus on the east meets a yellow Antirrhinum striatum population to the west and form a rainbow of hybrid flowers over a 1km stretch. Read about how our study of this region revealed how small RNA helps maintain diversity in the region. The video creates interest and communicates to the general public the research that takes place in the Coen Lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP7fSn1eaE&feature=youtu.be
 
Description YouTube video: movie explaining the relationship between growth and division in plants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Sam Fox (Coen Lab) and Ruby O'grady in our communications team created a video explaining the relationship between growth and division in plants after a new model was published. The video had 1587 views from the JIC tweet alone on 13.03.19 and another 250 on the JIC YouTube Channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvXBYL7WUDA
 
Description Youth STEMM Award mid-term conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 80 students from 8 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk attended the Youth STEMM award mid-term conference on the 26th February 2019. There were 2 talks from John Innes Centre scientists and 10 interactive stands including the Coen Lab, who displayed a range of plants and research, explaining to the students what they do for their job. Feedback from the event indicated that 95% of those that completed a feedback form (53/80) felt the event was informative as it highlighted a range of different STEMM careers out there. 80% said the event had made them inspired to pursue a STEMM related career, or take a STEMM subject at higher education. ""This exhibit has inspired me to take a higher education level in biology or as a job."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Youth STEMM Mid Term conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On the 6th March 12 schools with 146 students (aged 13-17) participated in the YSA midterm conference at the JIC Conference Centre. The event had a combination of science talks and interactive activities as a part of the STEMM showcase. The Coen lab exhibited their research on evolution, development of shape and form and genetics at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description podcast Wheat Genome 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dewing Grain podcast Wheat Genome
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dewinggrain.co.uk/podcast-item/?id=34
 
Description visit to sugar beet seed technology group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I addressed the european sugar beet seed technology working group at Germains Seeds on seed technology applications and the use of artificial intelligence in seed technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description • EPSO-EC Conference at EXPO Milano 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact EU meeting on new breeding technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015