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Inspiring Young Science

IFR offers schools and school pupils a wide range of educational opportunities and resources including work experience, visits, workshops and mentoring.

Inside Science

Inside Science is a 3 day workshop for enthusiastic students in years 11-13.

IFR and the other Norwich BioScience Institutes, invite students from around the region to spend 3 days on an intensive workshop, hearing about the research we do first hand by meeting students, post-docs and research assistants.

Further information about 'Inside Science'

Sixth Form Summer Research Opportunities

Each year, IFR hosts Nuffield Foundation scholars, undertaking research projects during their A level studies. For further information contact

Some of the 2008 Nuffield scholars from John Innes Centre, Sainsbury Lab, Institute of Food Research and Anglia DNA

Previous Nuffield scholars and supervisors from IFR and the other Norwich Bioscience Institutes

Insight Days

  • Health and Safety: Pupils participate in a series of demonstrations, talks and hands on activities.
  • Microscopy: Pupils get to listen to talks, tour the BioImaging facilities (at the John Innes Centre) and take part in the popular images quiz.

For further information email

Tallest Jelly Competition

Tallest Jelly CompetitionThe Institute of Food Research set local schools a challenge to find out who can make the tallest jelly. The competition takes place at The Forum in Norwich City Centre. Supporting activities and resources are available on the Jellyvision website.

Big Bang Fair 2014 - The Incredible Journey

The Big Bang Fair, held this year from 13th – 16th March at the NEC in Birmingham, saw thousands of schoolchildren, families and community groups interested in the incredible journey that food takes through the digestive system, courtesy of the Institute of Food Research. Included on our stand, amongst other activities, were worksheets focusing on the human digestive system.

Here we have provided you with the downloadable files of these worksheets for students. All worksheets are primarily aimed at 7 – 19 year olds and would be suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3 in particular. Feel free to download and print off the worksheets to provide science and biology students with some engaging activities that require little supervision.

  • Crossword
    Use the clues provided to complete the crossword with words associated with the human digestive system.
  • Missing words
    Fill in the gaps in the text with the words provided to complete the text about the digestive system.
  • Word search
    Find the words associated with the digestive system in the word search.
  • Diagram
    Label the diagram of the human digestive system using the words underneath the diagram.

Know Your Fats

Science Communications student, Nicole WardIFR worked with a second year Science Communication student from UEA, Nicole Ward, to develop an interactive workshop for use in schools, science fairs and public events. Preliminary evaluation indicated that both students and the wider public were confused about the information available about fats in general and were even more confused about saturated and unsaturated fats.

The workshop Nicole developed consists of several components which can be used in full or in part depending on time available. A basic introduction to the topic is followed by a higher/lower game based on %RDA of well-known foods containing saturated or unsaturated fats. Data cards with photographic depictions of foods and their fat contents are supplied. There is a PowerPoint presentation on fats, which could be a stand-alone talk, and a snakes and ladders game with a set of question cards. Fact fat cards and posters are also available which summarise the activity.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Change for Life life


From teachers:

'I can't remember the last time I saw the pupils so engaged!'

'An excellent lesson, with professional material,  far better in presentation and delivery than many PGCE students'.

From students after being asked - what will you remember from this lesson?

'lots of facts about fat ie your RDA, probably the most i have ever remembered from a lesson!'

'How to reduce my fat intake and problems with obesity as well as the different fat soluble vitamins and why we need them'

From students after being asked - what could be improved from today?

'The only way this could be improved is if you came back to teach more science lessons!'

'It couldn't be, it was really fun but I learnt a lot as well!'

Taste and Flavour Activities

Taste and Flavour ActivitiesIFR has developed a number of activities around Taste and Flavour. The science of taste and flavour makes an ideal activity to engage young people. The information and activities developed by IFR will introduce participants to the science of the sensation of taste.  The activities can be carried out in classrooms, at science fairs or other engagement activities. The topics cover food chemistry, the nervous system, genetics and a range of other areas of science and technology.

Below are two documents to help Teachers and Researchers to deliver these activities:

Teacher Scientist Network (TSN)

Teacher Scientist Network (TSN)IFR actively supports school science programmes through the Teacher-Scientist Network which is based across Colney Lane at our sister BBSRC institute, the John Innes Centre.

SAW Trust

IFR scientists and students are active participants in SAW projects and worked with local schools on a range of projects including emulsions, Salmonella, food molecules, interfaces and immune regulation.

Collaboration between science, art and writing to enhance the educational experience has been developed through the Science, Art and Writing (SAW) trust . The SAW initiative breaks down traditional barriers between the arts and sciences. It uses images from science as a starting point for scientific experimentation, art and creative writing and in doing so stimulates creativity and scientific curiosity. School children realise that science and the arts are interconnected - and they discover new and exciting ways of looking at the world. SAW projects stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity. And they are fun!

In 2008 Vijay Narbad studied with IFR as a Nuffield Foundation scholar at IFR

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