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John Innes Centre named as one of the best places to work in academia

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30 June 2010

One of the BBSRC Institutes has been ranked highly in a survey to find the best places to work in academia in the world. The John Innes Centre has come fourth in an annual international survey carried out by The Scientist magazine. The survey is based on academics responding to a survey to assess their working environment.

Princeton University claimed first place in the U.S. rankings for the second straight year, while the international winner, The University of Queensland, is a first-timer to the survey. Institutions based in Israel and the United Kingdom rounded out the top 5 international rankings, with Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Dundee, John Innes Centre, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem taking top honours. Many of these institutions have performed consistently well in the rankings over recent years; readers cite opportunities for advancement and research resources as their major strengths.

In 2009 the John Innes Centre came 6th outside the US in The Scientist's 'Best Places to Work for Postdocs' survey, and earlier this year was listed (jointly with The Sainsbury Laboratory) as the top institute worldwide for the impact of its scientific research papers in plant and animal sciences, by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators.

"We are pleased to give our readers the opportunity to report what they love and hate about their institutions through the Academia survey," said Associate Editor Edyta Zielinska, who oversees the Best Places surveys.

Willingness amongst these institutions to collaborate and share resources has opened the doors for greater research prospects and created a positive, supportive environment their employees' value.


Notes to editors

The full article with detailed survey results can be found in the July issue of The Scientist and is available online at:

About the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre,, is an independent, world-leading research centre in plant and microbial sciences with over 500 staff. JIC is based on Norwich Research Park and carries out high quality fundamental, strategic and applied research to understand how plants and microbes work at the molecular, cellular and genetic levels. The JIC also trains scientists and students, collaborates with many other research laboratories and communicates its science to end-users and the general public. The JIC is an Institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

About The Scientist

The Scientist, the magazine of the life sciences, has informed and entertained life science professionals around the world for over 23 years. We provide innovative print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including trends in research, new technology, news, business and careers. We reach the leading researchers in academia and industry that are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading insightful articles that are current, concise, accurate and entertaining. For more information about The Scientist, visit visit


BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Studies (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.

External contact

Andrew Chapple, JIC Press office

tel: 01603 251490

Zoe Dunford, JIC Press office

tel: 01603 255111