Norwich Research Park welcomes delegates to prestigious international genome conferences

4 September 2017

Hundreds of the world’s top researchers from academia and commerce came to Norwich last week for two unique science conferences. For the first time, the prestigious Genome 10K Conference will be held outside of the US and, combined with the Genome Science 2017 Conference,  presented the latest ground-breaking research and technological developments in genomics.

Starting on 29th August and running across four days, the conferences were organised by the Earlham Institute under the leadership of Director of Science Professor Federica Di Palma and took place at the John Innes Conference Centre at Norwich Research Park.

Professor Federica Di Palma, Director of Science, Earlham Institute and Professor in Schools of Biology and Medicine, University of East Anglia said: “Bringing these two conferences together will open so many opportunities for development of collaborations, advancement of genomics and informatics technologies and we are proud to have been offered the opportunity to host these prominent conferences.”

Earlham Institute is one of the UK’s leading institutes and undertakes research in plant, animal and human health through genomics, computational biology, data management and new technologies. The Institute is delighted to have brought these conferences to Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest life science clusters and a leading centre for genomics research with a key focus on applications in agri-biotech, industrial-biotech, food, health and the microbiome. The Park is home to 3,000 researchers and clinicians and creates a supportive environment for more than 75 businesses by providing access to research expertise, scientific facilities, finance and business support.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, CEO Norwich Research Park, said: “We are delighted that the first UK Genome 10K conference is being held at Norwich Research Park. It is recognition of the world-class research taking place across the Park. It highlights Norwich Research Park’s connected community where businesses can engage and benefit from the outstanding science to develop new solutions and drive innovation.”

More than 300 delegates attended the event, many of whom were from overseas, some from as far afield as the USA, Europe, Russia, Australia and Hong Kong. The conferences offered numerous networking opportunities, facilitating new collaborations, identifying synergies and generating those all important new ideas.

Norfolk County Council, leading on behalf of the Greater Norwich Partnership, and Norwich Research Park supported the event with specialist staff who were on hand to provide information on local assets, available lab space and development space as well as support to assist business investment.

Cllr Keith Kiddie, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Business and Property Committee, said: “We are very pleased the Genome 10K conference has come to Norwich. We are excited to welcome delegates from more than 44 nations. This is a great opportunity to showcase what we have here and I am sure the delegates will be pleased with what they see. Hopefully this will lead to investment in the future.”

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Chair of the Greater Norwich Growth Board and Leader of Broadland District Council, added: “We have always been proud of the world-renowned work in life sciences at Norwich Research Park and hosting the Genome 10K’s first overseas conference is true world-wide recognition of this. We hope that the delegates are impressed with the commercial information on offer from staff during the conference and it leads to a significant economic return for the area.”