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Open Day 2019: Inside EI

Event date:

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Time:

Schools Session: 09:30 - 12:45

General Public: 13:45 - 17:00

Venue:

Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK NR4 7UZ

Registration deadline:

Registration closes 13 May 2019.

Cost:

Free

Inside EI logo

Want to see cutting-edge life sciences research in Norwich first hand? Come along to 'Inside EI', where for one day we will be opening our doors for the public to explore our diverse projects that are helping to understand life on earth, and how we can improve food security, tackle climate change, protect biodiversity, and investigate breakthroughs in health and medicine.

Through fun, informative and inspiring talks and exhibits, as well as tours of our state-of-the-art laboratories, you will get the chance to meet and interact with our researchers and explore how we use the latest genomics and computing technologies for decoding living systems.

About the event.

Earlham Institute is opening its doors for one day, on which you will get the chance to explore a fascinating and diverse range of important scientific research projects: from reading and understanding DNA and how it affects the function of all of life through to untangling the complex webs and interactions which underpin our health and the wellbeing of the range of Earth’s diverse ecosystems.

In the “Tree of Life” zone, you will be immersed in our science through the organisms that we work on - from bacteria in the human gut and algae in the deepest oceans through to important crop plants and animals such as tilapia, koalas and the Andean bear. You will get the chance to meet our researchers and ask them about their research into climate change, food security, and better understanding the mechanisms shaping human, animal and plant health.

Working your way up through the building, you will then be invited to explore the GROW rainforest zone, where you will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest in a celebration of our important work in Colombia. You’ll find out how we are working with local tribes and ex militants, as well as researchers and government in the second most biodiverse country in the world, to improve scientific capacity in Colombia, while also preserving biodiversity and supporting socioeconomic development.

Extending up into the top floor, where we host our excellent scientific training courses, you will pop your heads up into “The Cloud.” Here, we will showcase how we provide open access tools to support the life science community to perform world class research, all over the world. There will also be a variety of activities, including a live human genome sequencing (the Ned-ome), as well as a showcase of our work into robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Our scientific computing specialist will also be more than happy to open the doors to our data centre - one of the biggest supercomputers of its type in Europe.

We will open up our labs on the day, which will give you a chance to see some of the most cutting edge equipment available to life scientists today. In our Genomics Pipelines lab, we have each and every one of the most up to date DNA sequencing machines on the market, which allow us to sequence a staggeringly high amount of genetic material. In the DNA Foundry and Synthetic Biology labs, you can see how we are able to not only understand life better, but bring an engineering-based approach to how we solve some of biology’s greatest issues.

In addition to this packed schedule, full of interesting insights, our experienced and excellent scientists will be putting on a range of talks, where you can hear more about their research looking into the breadth of life and all of its surprises.

Programme.

Talks Programme - AM

09:30

Arrival & Registration - Schools session (09:30 - 12:45)

Jane Rogers Seminar Room

Ground Floor

Darwin Suite

2nd Floor

09:50

Session 1a: Evolution - why do we sequence genomes?

Session 1b: Health and disease

09:55

Darwin Tree of Life

Prof. Neil Hall, Director

Swine Flu

Angela Man, Di Palma Group

10:05

Single cells to whole tissues

Laura Mincarelli, Macaulay Group

Why is yoghurt good for you?

Agatha Treveil, Korcsmáros Group

10:15

A brief history of DNA: from tiny viruses to all of life on Earth

Karim Gharbi, Genomics Pipelines

How does Salmonella control us?

Isabelle Hautefort, Korcsmáros Group

10:35

Session 2a: Diversity of life - why do we look at adaptation through evolution?

Session 2b: Artificial Intelligence and supercomputing

10:40

Non-human genomes, why bother?

Wilfried Haerty, Haerty Group

Down the Tubes

Rob Davey, Davey Group

10:50

Diving in to cichlid diversity

Tarang Mehta, Di Palma Group

How AI will help us to explore our microbiome

Matthew Madgwick, Korcsmáros Group

11:00

Rodents are awesome

David Thybert, Thybert Group

Lettuce have it!

Alan Bauer, Zhou Group

11:20

Session 3: Saving species

11:25

What can we learn from a high koala-ty genome?

Will Nash, Haerty Group

11:35

The pink pigeon's peril

Camilla Ryan, Clavijo Group

11:45

How can sequencing genomes help endangered species?

Graham Etherington, Di Palma Group

12:15

Session 4: Environmental interactions

12:20

Antarctica Field Trip - Nanopore sequencing for Coccolithopores and Climate Change

Emma Langan, Leggett Group

12:30

Trees on the brink: Evolution of the deadly ash dieback disease

Mark McMullan, Neil Hall Group

12:40

Have you got the time? (Circadian clock)

Hannah Rees, Anthony Hall Group

Talks Programme - PM

13:30

Arrival & Registration - General Public (13:30 - 17:00)

Jane Rogers Seminar Room

Ground Floor

Darwin Suite

2nd Floor

13:45

Session 5a: Evolution - why do we sequence genomes?

Session 5b: Health and disease

13:50

Darwin Tree of Life

Prof. Neil Hall, Director

Swine Flu

Angela Man, Di Palma Group

14:05

Single cells to whole tissues

Laura Mincarelli, Macaulay Group

Why is yoghurt good for you?

Agatha Treveil, Korcsmáros Group

14:15

A brief history of DNA: from tiny viruses to all of life on Earth

Karim Gharbi, Genomics Pipelines

How does Salmonella control us?

Isabelle Hautefort, Korcsmáros Group

14:35

Session 6a: Environmental interactions

Session 6b: Artificial Intelligence and supercomputing

14:40

Antarctica field trip - Nanopore sequencing for Coccolithopores and Climate Change

Emma Langan, Leggett Group

Down the Tubes

Rob Davey, Davey Group

14:50

Trees on the brink: Evolution of the deadly ash dieback disease

Mark McMullan, Neil Hall Group

How AI will help us to explore our microbiome

Matthew Madgwick, Korcsmáros Group

15:00

Have you got the time? (Circadian clock)

Hannah Rees, Anthony Hall Group

Lettuce have it!

Alan Bauer, Zhou Group

15:35

Session 7: Diversity of life - why do we look at adaptation through evolution?


15:40

Non-human genomes, why bother?

Wilfried Haerty, Haerty Group

15:50

Diving in to cichlid diversity

Tarang Mehta, Di Palma Group

16:00

Rodents are awesome

David Thybert, Thybert Group

16:20

Session 8: Saving species


16:25

What can we learn from a high koala-ty genome?

Will Nash, Haerty Group

16:35

The pink pigeon's peril

Camilla Ryan, Clavijo Group

16:45

How can sequencing genomes help endangered species?

Graham Etherington, Di Palma Group

Tours Programme

Arrival & Registration

Genomics Pipelines Lab Tour

Genomics Pipelines Laboratory - Ground Floor

Tours approx. every 15 mins (6-10 people)

(Starts at GP Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

Supercomputing Tour

Supercomputing - Data Centre Building

Lasts approx. 15 mins (8 people).

First come, first served.

(Starts at Data Centre HPC Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

DNA Foundry Lab Tour

DNA Foundry Laboratory - Ground Floor

Lasts approx. 15 mins (10 people).

First come, first served.

(Starts at DNA Foundry Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

Tours Programme - PM

13:30

Arrival & Registration - General Public (13:30 - 17:00)

Genomics Pipelines Lab Tour

Genomics Pipelines Laboratory - Ground Floor

(Starts at GP Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

Supercomputing Tour

Supercomputing - Data Centre Building

(Starts at Data Centre HPC Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

DNA Foundry Lab Tour

DNA Foundry Laboratory - Ground Floor

(Starts at DNA Foundry Tour meeting point - Ground Floor Atrium)

13:55

GP Lab: Tour 1
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 1
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 1
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

14:00

GP Lab: Tour 2
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

14:05

GP Lab: Tour 3
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

14:15

GP Lab: Tour 4
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 2
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

14:20

GP Lab: Tour 5
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 2
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

14:25

GP Lab: Tour 6
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

14:35

GP Lab: Tour 7
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 3
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

14:40

GP Lab: Tour 8
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

14:45

GP Lab: Tour 9
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 3
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

14:55

GP Lab: Tour 10
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 4
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

15:00

GP Lab: Tour 11
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:05

GP Lab: Tour 12
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:10

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 4
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

15:15

GP Lab: Tour 13
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 5
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

15:20

GP Lab: Tour 14
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:25

GP Lab: Tour 15
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:35

GP Lab: Tour 16
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 6
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 5
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

15:40

GP Lab: Tour 17
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:45

GP Lab: Tour 18
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

15:55

GP Lab: Tour 19
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 7
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

16:00

GP Lab: Tour 20
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 6
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

16:05

GP Lab: Tour 21
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

16:15

GP Lab: Tour 22
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

Data Centre: HPC Tour 8
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

16:20

GP Lab: Tour 23
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

16:25

GP Lab: Tour 24
Approx. 15 mins (6-10 people)

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 7
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

16:35


Data Centre: HPC Tour 9
Approx. 15 mins (8 people)

16:45

DNA Foundry Lab: Tour 9
Approx. 15 mins (10 people)

Activities Programme - AM

09:30

Arrival & Registration - Schools session (09:30 - 12:45)

Tree of Life Gallery Zone

Inside EI - Ground Floor
Explore our poster gallery to gain an understanding of the organisms we work with and meet the scientists who are researching climate change, food security, and better understanding the mechanisms shaping human, animal and plant health.

The GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone

GROW Colombia Rainforest Room - 1st Floor
In our GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone, you will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest in a celebration of our important and international research project to preserve the biodiversity of Colombia.

The Cloud Computing Zone

Inside The Cloud - 2nd Floor
Inside our Cloud computing zone, we will showcase how we use open access tools to support the life science community to perform world class research all over the world, including robotics, machine-learning and AI.

09:45 - 12:45

Tree of Life Gallery (Ground Floor - Atrium)
33 visual posters and scientists explaining many of the organisms we work on in our research projects.

GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone (1st Floor - Room 4)
How is research at EI helping to preserve Colombian wildlife, while also helping to stimulate the bioeconomy and social wellbeing of ex-militants to maintain peace in this beautiful and diverse country? Come and explore the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia, through birdsong, coffee and chocolate.

Live Sequencing of the Ned-ome (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
We can sequence DNA in real time, in front of your eyes. In fact, we can sequence an entire human genome in just a few hours. See how it’s done, with a live sequencing of our PhD student, Ned Peel.

09:45 - 12:45

Student Zone (Side Atrium)
It's your chance to ask our PhD and Year in Industry students your questions about careers advice, what it's like to work in a bioscience research institute and anything else you would like to learn more about.

LEGO DNA Sequencer (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
How do we sequence genomes? Take a look at our LEGO sequencer, which simplifies the process to help us understand what’s going on when we read a DNA sequence.

09:45 - 12:45

Synthetic biology: A tour of the senses (Left Atrium)
How do we make new, interesting compounds in plants? Find out through this exploratory journey through smells with our synthetic biology group.

Robotics AgriTech demo (2nd Floor - Mezzanine)
We build robots and write machine learning algorithms to help them help us to grow more food. Come and meet 'Sheila' and the other robots that the Zhou Group have been working on.

11:10 - 12:45

DNA Assembly (2nd Floor - Darwin Suite)
How do we read the entire DNA of a species and then put it together in the right order so that we get an entire genome sequence? It’s easier to understand by doing this simple, but fun, paper based activity.

11:10 - 12:45

Coding the Matrix (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
How does supercomputing actually help biology? We’ve designed a miniature cluster out of raspberry pis, so you can see for yourself on a small scale how we do research on a big scale.

Activities Programme - PM

13:30

Arrival & Registration - General Public (13:30 - 17:00)

Tree of Life Gallery Zone

Inside EI - Ground Floor
Explore our poster gallery to gain an understanding of the organisms we work with and meet the scientists who are researching climate change, food security, and better understanding the mechanisms shaping human, animal and plant health.

The GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone

GROW Colombia Rainforest Room - 1st Floor
In our GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone, you will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest in a celebration of our important and international research project to preserve the biodiversity of Colombia.

The Cloud Computing Zone

Inside The Cloud - 2nd Floor
Inside our Cloud computing zone, we will showcase how we use open access tools to support the life science community to perform world class research all over the world, including robotics, machine-learning and AI.

13:45 - 17:00

Tree of Life Gallery (Ground Floor - Atrium)
33 visual posters and scientists explaining many of the organisms we work on in our research projects.

GROW Colombia Rainforest Zone (1st Floor - Room 4)
How is research at EI helping to preserve Colombian wildlife, while also helping to stimulate the bioeconomy and social wellbeing of ex-militants to maintain peace in this beautiful and diverse country? Come and explore the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia, through birdsong, coffee and chocolate.

Live Sequencing of the Ned-ome (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
We can sequence DNA in real time, in front of your eyes. In fact, we can sequence an entire human genome in just a few hours. See how it’s done, with a live sequencing of our PhD student, Ned Peel.

13:45 - 17:00

Student Zone (Side Atrium)
It's your chance to ask our PhD and Year in Industry students your questions about careers advice, what it's like to work in a bioscience research institute and anything else you would like to learn more about.

LEGO DNA Sequencer (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
How do we sequence genomes? Take a look at our LEGO sequencer, which simplifies the process to help us understand what’s going on when we read a DNA sequence.

13:45 - 17:00

Synthetic biology: A tour of the senses (Left Atrium)
How do we make new, interesting compounds in plants? Find out through this exploratory journey through smells with our synthetic biology group.

Robotics AgriTech demo (2nd Floor - Mezzanine)
We build robots and write machine learning algorithms to help them help us to grow more food. Come and meet 'Sheila' and the other robots that the Zhou Group have been working on.

15:10 - 17:00

DNA Assembly 2nd Floor - Darwin Suite)
How do we read the entire DNA of a species and then put it together in the right order so that we get an entire genome sequence? It’s easier to understand by doing this simple, but fun, paper based activity.

15:10 - 17:00

Coding the Matrix (2nd Floor - Wallace Room)
How does supercomputing actually help biology? We’ve designed a miniature cluster out of raspberry pis, so you can see for yourself on a small scale how we do research on a big scale.

Talks.

Activities.

Registration.

Please register to attend the Open Day on Tuesday, 21 May. Registration closes on Monday, 13 May 2019.

Parking on the day will be free of charge. There will be several marshals in yellow hi-vis jackets who will guide you to the appropriate parking spaces.

For registration enquiries, please contact training@earlham.ac.uk

Venue.

Hosted at the Earlham Institute (EI), a cutting edge, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation. Established in 2009, EI is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience.

The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The Research Park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which EI contribute strengths in genomics and bioinformatics.

Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute atrium.

Earlham Institute at night.

EI's Darwin Training Suite.

Inside a Lab at Earlham Institute.

The venue.

Hosted at Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park, UK, enjoy visiting our world-class bioscience facilities and discover our exceptional research laboratories, latest techologies and the talented people that work here to facilitate exploring and decoding living systems.

Address and map.

Earlham Institute
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk
NR4 7UZ
UK



Have any questions?

We'll be happy to support you however you need, just get in touch with our organising team.

Open Day 2019 Team, training@earlham.ac.uk