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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.
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.
This exciting Masters course teaches vital plant and fungal identification skills in the context of evolutionary biology and conservation theory and practice. It includes a field course in Madagascar and a six-month research project.
MSc Course Students at Kew
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.
A scientist at work at the Millennium Seed Bank
Over 50 PhD students carry out doctoral research at Kew, with access to our world-class scientific collections, facilities, training and expertise.
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.