Horticulture, plant science and conservation training courses
Kew offers a comprehensive programme of specialist training courses for students in higher education, teachers at all levels, and for botanists, horticulturists and plant conservation specialists in search of CPD (continuing professional development).
The diverse plant collections held at Kew and Wakehurst, along with Kew’s world-renowned botanical library and illustrations, excellent laboratory facilities and specialist staff, provide an exceptional learning resource for students.
Kew works with partners around the world to develop regional training courses outside of the UK covering many different aspects of plant conservation.
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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.
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 practical day in association with OCR, designed to support the delivery of the elements of conservation, taxonomy and phylogeny.
A unique event designed to support teachers wishing to build their confidence and knowledge in the area of gene technology.
Postgraduate researchers have access to Kew’s world-renowned collections of living and preserved plant materials and its botanical library and illustrations, as well as to the excellent laboratory facilities.
To provide practical work experience for undergraduates, Kew offers a series of sandwich student placements, either working in one of its Science Departments or as part of the Information Technology Department. Summer internships are also available.
Kew staff organise study visits for undergraduate and postgraduate students, whose studies relate to the work of the science teams or to the behind the scenes plant collections.
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.
The diverse collections held at Kew and Wakehurst Place, including living plants, dried plant specimens, seed collections and library archives, provide an excellent learning resource for undergraduates in many different science, technology and arts disciplines.
This practical two-week Vegetation Survey course, led by specialists from Kew's Botanical and Geographical Information Systems teams, offers an introduction to the techniques and technology available for classifying and mapping vegetation at regional and local scales. It is particularly designed for those carrying out surveys for conservation agencies or extractive industries.