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Conservation courses

Kew offers courses which provide training in developing skills and strategies in the vital area of conservation, providing shared experiences in successful damage limitation to biodiversity around the world.

Courses and training opportunities

Students learn about plant taxonomy and identification

This course draws on the expertise of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to provide training in the identification of plant families and in field survey techniques, and to demonstrate the latest appropriate field technologies.

Participants studying in a lecture

Kew's Conventions and Policies team (CAPS) offers half- or full-day training courses covering implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). These courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the course participants.

International diploma students laughing in the classroom

In response to the demands of the wider plant conservation community for solutions-oriented training in skills and strategies supporting worldwide efforts to solve the biodiversity crisis, Kew offers a programme of four international diploma courses.

Botanic Garden Education students taking part in an arts activity

The International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education, developed jointly by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), provides an opportunity for botanic garden educators to develop programmes within the context of international conservation and sustainability legislation and to try out a wide range of environmental education activities.

Students on a field trip in the countryside

The International Diploma in Plant Conservation Strategies offers an overview of the range of in situ and ex situ options for conserving plant diversity, taking into account the targets and aims of international conservation conventions.

MSBP Technology Specialist John Adams with staff from Kunming Institute of Botany

The training programme of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership develops the specialised skills and knowledge needed to collect, conserve and manage ex situ seed collections. A combination of training activities are offered to partners, collaborators and other institutes, following a detailed 'training needs assessment' of existing experience.

Students of the University of Birmingham's MRes in Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Kew acts in partnership with various universities and other scientific institutions to organise a number of plant diversity and conservation MSc courses. As well as providing taught modules, Kew also offers research opportunities for students on these courses, enabling them to work alongside Kew’s specialist staff and contribute to ongoing projects.

Students examine plant specimens in a classroom

During this two-week Tropical Plant Identification Course, Kew botanists share their expertise in identifying plants from the biodiversity-rich tropical regions of the world.