Science Vision for 2030

By 2030 Norwich Research Park will be the pre-eminent international science park conducting research in crops, food, health, genomics and environmental sciences. Utilising cross-park alliances to address the global grand challenges of the day, by integrating the activities of the world class bioscience, bioinformatics, physical, social and medical researchers and practitioners, the park will:

  • be at the forefront of data-intensive biological and environmental sciences, a leader in bioinformatics innovation and in the application of genome technology
  • develop strategies to address global food security through sustainable agriculture; improving crop yields; understanding how plants adapt to environmental stresses; understanding the mechanisms of disease resistance
  • understand the physical, chemical and biological systems of the atmosphere, ocean and land and their interrelationship; discover the role human activity has had in modifying the natural environmental cycles and how mankind can adapt to these changes
  • develop niche strengths in industrial biotechnology including methods to make use of agri-food waste for sustainable bioproducts, including fuels and for harnessing bioelectricity and energy transduction and storage
  • discover the health potential of bioactives from plants as food constituents and investigate the relationship between diet and health, ageing and chronic disease
  • explore microbial food-borne pathogens and their effect on food quality and health, and aim to discover and develop novel antibiotics and other bioactives from microbes and plants and improve therapeutic drug delivery
  • develop foods with enhanced nutritional and functional properties that will underpin innovation within the commercial food sector to develop ‘healthier’ foods
  • address the economic, social and presentational issues and that influence the adoption of science-based solutions to major global challenges by policy-makers and societies.