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Continuing professional development in plant science & conservation

Browse Kew's continuing professional development courses for botanists, horticulturists and plant conservation specialists.

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.
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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.
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.
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.
The new 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.
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.
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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.
A wood specimen underneath a microscope
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.