Norwich Research Park Researchers in Top 1% of World's Most Highly Cited

28 November 2018

Ten Norwich Research Park researchers have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List. Now in its fifth year, the citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe - those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade.  

This list is a measure of the exceptional impact that scientists at Norwich Research Park are making globally and places Norwich within the top 10 for cities in the UK Highly Cited Researchers.

David Parfrey Executive Chair for Norwich Research Park said:

“I am delighted to see that Norwich Research Park has 10 of its scientists in the premier 1% of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers.  This number is up from 2017 and it is a great achievement for Norwich to be in the top 10 of cities in the UK to have received this accolade.  It demonstrates the research strength and outstanding achievements of the Norwich Research Park partner organisations.

"The world is facing challenges the like of which we have not seen before; food shortages, climate change, an ageing population. Norwich Research Park is the place where the answers to these global challenges can be found.”

Five scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) are included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List. TSL researchers who make the list for 2018 are Professor Nick Talbot, Professor Jonathan Jones, Professor Sophien Kamoun, Dr Joe Win and Professor Cyril Zipfel. 

Professor Nick Talbot, TSL Director, said: 

“The Sainsbury Laboratory is home to some of the world’s most talented and influential researchers, as this list determined by scientific peers clearly demonstrates.

“I am proud that we perform at such a high level, consistently making fundamental discoveries in plant and microbial research, and training the next generation of scientists.  Indeed, I believe we have many ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ of tomorrow among our students and postdocs at TSL and I am very proud of them.”

Five scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List. These include Professor Phil Jones, Professor Yaroslav Khimyak, Professor Corinne Le Quere, Professor Carlos Peres and Professor David Livermore. 

UEA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Richardson said:

“This great achievement demonstrates UEA’s world-leading research excellence in the fields of both climate science and health. I am delighted that, together with our partners across Norwich Research Park, this leading position for research citations confirms Norwich’s national and global influence.”  

More than 4,000 highly recited researchers are named for 2018 in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences.  

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific & Academic Research group said

“Congratulations to your distinguished group of researchers at Norwich Research Park. The advancement of scientific endeavor represents a critical activity for individual research institutions and entire nations. The Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list helps to identify the researchers who are having the greatest impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others and that contributes so greatly to extending the frontier and gaining knowledge and innovations for society - contributions that make the world healthier, safer, richer, and more sustainable.”

Norwich Research Park is home to a wealth of world class research. The Park is one of the largest life science clusters in Europe with 12,000 talented people including 3,000 scientists and clinicians and 80 businesses all located within its 1km radius.

The ten Norwich Research Park scientists are now part of an exclusive group of researchers who earn this distinction and will always retain their Highly Cited Researcher status.