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EI Innovate 2021: Linking datasets and bioscience

Through effectively linking datasets we can accelerate bioscience and deliver the key innovations needed to improve food security, environmental management, conservation, health and wellbeing.

Start date: 17 November 2021
End date: 18 November 2021
Time: 10h00 - 16h30
Venue: Virtual


Registration deadline: 14 November 2021
Cost: £15

About the event

This annual event aims to explore opportunities for collaboration between the Earlham Institute and external organisations. Having worked with agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, we have a wealth of experience in collaborating with others on developing potential solutions to industrial and societal challenges.

This year EI Innovate 2021 will showcase examples of collaborations across 3 research institutes on the Norwich Research Park, Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre, and Quadram Institute, which are strategically funded by UKRI to deliver innovative, world-class bioscience research and training, leading to wealth and job creation, generating high returns for the UK economy.

Each year, we focus on specific areas of expertise and examples of our collaborations. The theme of EI Innovate 2021 is “Linking datasets and Bioscience” and we will explore how data-driven approaches can unlock new biological understanding and development of new technologies and applications across 3 different areas:


  • Session 1 - Natural products & biomanufacturing – exploring how synthetic biology and data-driven approaches can facilitate the discovery of new bioactive compounds and develop biomanufacturing platforms based on plants.
  • Session 2- AI in plant science – exploring how AI and ML tools and techniques can help with the understanding of many biological functions in plants that underline important economic traits such as resistance to pathogens, nutrient utilisation, and structural development.
  • Session 3 - Omics approaches to study the human gut microbiome – exploring how bioinformatics, systems biology and machine learning approaches can be used for advanced microbiome analysis and to facilitate personalised microbiome treatments, identification of novel biomarkers and pathogens, and antimicrobial resistant features of our microbiota.

Read more about the Session themes under "Session Descriptions".

Who is this event for?

EI Innovate brings together a range of sectors to discuss current advances and challenges in their field; from academic researchers to businesses in agri-food, biotech and med-tech sectors, to clinicians and pharma sector. It will also be of interest to funders of life science innovation and adjacent technologies, and developers of instrumentation, tools, products and services for genomics and bioinformatics.

What can you get out of the event?

  • Find out about specific areas of EI’s expertise and technological platforms
  • Make new contacts and discuss potential ideas for collaboration
  • Discuss the latest advances and solutions within these fields
  • Learn about how to access EI’s capabilities in genomics, bioinformatics and high-performance computing, and learn about our bespoke scientific training courses.


There will be a chance for participants to participate in 1-to-1 and group meetings to network further. We anticipate this to be a great interactive experience, hope to see you all there.

Take a look at the full programme for this year's EI Innovate event below.

EI Innovate Brochure

Booking terms and conditions

Please carefully review our standard online event booking terms and conditions prior to registering for this event. Completing an online registration and associated payment process will mean that you are bound by these terms and conditions. Any supplemental terms or changes to these conditions on a per event basis will be included on this page. If you have any queries regarding our events or in relation to your booking, please contact us at training@earlham.ac.uk.

Register today.

Registration deadline: 14 November 2021

Participation: Open to all