100th Birthday Party

To celebrate 100 years to the day since the first meeting of the then named “Genetical Society”, a birthday party will be held at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in June 2019.

Edith Rebecca Saunders and William Bateson met at Cambridge and together formed the Society.  Bateson subsequently became director of the John Innes Centre in 1910, when it was based in Merton.

Two blue plaques will be erected at the JIC, one dedicated to each of these remarkable scientists.

Birthday party attendance will be by invitation only, however, the celebration will also involve public engagement activities including a talk by ex-Society President Paul Nurse, where he will be presented with the especially commissioned Centenary Medal.