Researchers at Norwich Research Park named in world’s 2020 most highly cited list

18 November 2020

Ten science researchers, based at Norwich Research Park, have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers list for 2020. The Clarivate Web of Science Group list, now in its seventh year, recognises the most influential researchers on a global scale. The list represents those researchers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their specific fields of expertise. 

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 the last decade.  Becoming recognised, highly cited and influential in a particular research field is earned by delivering high quality research throughout a researcher’s career.

This list is a measure of the exceptional impact that scientists at Norwich Research Park are making globally. Those named include a large number of ‘cross-field’ researchers, reflecting the Park’s excellence in cross-disciplinary research.

The ten scientists named on the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list are:

  • Professor Sophien Kamoun, The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) – studies the interactions between plants and filamentous pathogens, notably the Irish potato famine organism Phytophthora infestans and the rice and wheat blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae.
  • Professor Cyril Zipfel, TSL – studies the molecular basis of plant innate immunity and aims to decipher signalling events linking the perception of pathogen-associated molecules to the establishment of immunity.
  • Professor Jonathan Jones, TSL – studies how plants resist disease, and how pathogens evade or suppress the detection and resistance mechanisms of their plant hosts.
  • Professor Tony Miller, John Innes Centre (JIC) – study of membrane transporters with plant nutrition to improve the efficiency of fertiliser use.
  • Professor Cristobal Uauy, JIC – study of genetics and genomics to improve yield and quality components in wheat.
  • Professor Phil Jones, University of East Anglia (UEA) study of climate change and the detection and attribution of climate.
  • Professor Carlos Peres, UEA study of tropical forest conservation ecology and biodiversity responses to land use change.
  • Royal Society Research Professor Corinne Le Quéré, UEA study of the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.
  • Professor David Livermore, UEA – study of the evolution and dissemination of antibiotic resistance and its relationship to antibiotic prescribing.
  • Prof Robert Nicholls, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - study of long-term coastal engineering and management, particularly the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

David Parfrey, Chief Executive, Norwich Research Park said:

“Once again Norwich Research Park has been recognised globally for the excellence of its science-based research. I would like to congratulate the ten researchers on behalf of all their colleagues on the Park. It demonstrates the research strength and outstanding achievements of the work undertaken by the Park’s Partner organisations. Norwich Research Park’s researchers innovate and develop knowledge that makes our world and its people healthier and more secure – helping to change lives and rethink society. The world is facing immense challenges; the COVID-19 pandemic, food shortages and climate change to name but three. Norwich Research Park is the place where some of the answers to these global challenges can be found and where ground-breaking research and business success go hand-in-hand.”

Professor Nick Talbot FRS, Executive Director, TSL, said:

“I am pleased to see the quality of research at TSL recognised in this way. TSL group leaders are consistently among the most highly cited researchers in the world, which reflects the pioneering science that they inspire within their teams of postdocs and PhD students. These young scientists are the highly cited researchers of tomorrow and I am very proud of their contribution to this well-deserved recognition.”

Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, UEA said:

“I’m delighted that UEA researchers have been recognised for their excellence in the fields of both climate science and health. This is a great achievement and together with our partners across Norwich Research Park, this leading position for research citations once again confirms Norwich’s national and global influence.” 

Over 6,167 highly recited researchers from more than 60 nations and regions are named in the 2020 list in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences. The UK is ranked third overall with 514 highly cited researchers behind the US (2,650) and China (770).

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information, said

“In the race for knowledge, it is human capital that is fundamental and this list identifies and celebrates exceptional individual researchers who are having a great impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others.”

The full 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found here.