Specialist training courses at Kew
This one-week Botanical Nomenclature course, led by Kew specialists with extensive practical experience, covers the principles of plant nomenclature according to the International Code of Nomenclature.
The International Diploma in Herbarium Techniques focuses on the specialist skills of herbarium curation and management, including preparing, storing, preserving and organising plant specimens and the information associated with them.
Today's botanic gardens fulfill a variety of roles from conservation and research to education and amenity. The International Diploma in Botanic Garden Management covers the diverse skills that botanic garden managers require to enable their gardens to operate effectively within the framework of international conservation conventions.
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 international diploma courses in herbarium techniques, botanic garden management, botanic garden education and plant conservation strategies.
Kew has one of the world’s most important plant science libraries and archives. Each year, the Library and Archives offers two twelve-month paid traineeships for graduates interested in careers in librarianship or in archives administration and records management.
As part of its commitment to meeting the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), Kew works with partners around the world to develop regional training courses covering many different aspects of plant conservation.
Alex Woodcraft and Thomas Roach spent time at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank whilst studying their Masters in Plant Conservation at the University of Sussex.
This new training initiative combines the expertise of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to provide sessions on the identification of plant families and field survey techniques, and will demonstrate the latest appropriate field technologies. The importance of linking taxonomic, identification and survey skills with conservation initiatives will be elucidated using Kew case studies.
During the Wood Identification course, participants will look at many different types of wood, and find out how to distinguish them using features of their cells and tissues visible only under the microscope.
A wonderful way to gain three months of unpaid practical work experience at one of the world's leading botanic gardens.
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