About CEPAMS Centre of Excellence in Plant and Microbial Health

The CAS-JIC Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS) brings together three world-leading laboratories in the UK and China to tackle the global challenges of food security and sustainable health care. The Centre will nurture excellent science and will focus on the improvement of food crops and the production of high-value, beneficial products from plants and microbes.

  • Mission – to maximise the synergy of CAS and JIC research, working together for excellent science and global public good
  • Vision – excellent strategic plant and microbial science transforms global nutrition and health
  • Culture and spirit – (i) scientific rigour; (ii) cross-cultural respect; (iii) built on trust and friendship

“By bringing together the brightest talents in the field, we hope to maximize their scientific impact and produce top quality research”

– Chunli Bai, President CAS  

The Centre is a collaboration between the John Innes Centre and two institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology and the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology).

The Centre was established with funding from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Centre of Excellence is physical rather than virtual – it will have dedicated laboratory space on the three campuses and establish new research groups to address the mission above.

The new CEPAMS group leaders will be affiliated by IGDB or SIPPE, whose labs will be housed either in Beijing or in Shanghai. CEPAMS group leaders have the privilege to conduct their scientific research in JIC, to co-operate with JIC faculty, and to attend the internal academic meeting in JIC.



Research Conduct

Responsible research conduct is the practice of performing scientific investigations with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

As an international centre of excellence, it is expected that CEPAMS will conduct its research according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

This document sets out the overarching policy for responsible research conduct in CEPAMS, recognising that implementation of such a policy will be the responsibility of the participating institutes.

Guiding principles

Those involved in CEPAMS research are expected to adhere to the following seven guiding principles for responsible research conduct:

(i) honesty – in reporting research outputs (including methodology, interpretation and implications of results);

(ii) fairness – in acknowledging the work and contribution of others;

(iii) rigour – in conducting, reporting and publishing research data and in drawing conclusions from that data (including record keeping of the primary data);

(iv) transparency – in accounting for research outputs and in disclosing potentially conflicting activities and interests;

(v) independence – in keeping with norms of academic freedom and the impartial conduct of research irrespective of funding body;

(vi) respect – for colleagues and for the ethical policies/regulations applicable to research;

(vii) accountability – to funders and to society.


This policy applies to all those working in CEPAMS laboratories and those involved in CEPAMS collaborative projects. The policy is implemented through and underpinned by the processes in place at each of the institutes. Individual scientists will be covered by the processes and expectations of their home institute. CEPAMS Group Leaders, being faculty members of more than one institute, will be covered by the processes and expectations of their home institute and those of the John Innes Centre.


This policy will be communicated to all those working in CEPAMS laboratories and those involved in CEPAMS collaborative projects. It will be placed in the public domain via the CEPAMS website.