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Kew’s scientific work spans 110 countries (shaded green) and involves over 400 collaborating institutions worldwide (red dots)

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge

We have the capacity to use this knowledge to provide science-based solutions to address some of the critical challenges facing life on Earth. 

Our collections-based research includes comparative studies of living and preserved collections in an evolutionary context, enabling the identification of new species, evaluation of conservation status, predictive assessments of the impacts of global change on genes, species, populations and communities, and assessments of natural capital and plant health. We also undertake rigorous, evidence-based research to improve the global outlook for biodiversity through conservation policy, education and management.

Kew has an extensive international network of individual partners and consortia. Our scientific activities and collaborations span 110 countries worldwide. Here in the Science Directory, you can find out about our research departments, our scientists, our global projects and our scientific resources.

About us:

Director of Science: Professor Katherine Willis

Deputy Director of Science: Professor Monique Simmonds

Senior Research Professor: Professor Mark Chase


Kew's Science Directorate comprises six scientific research departments supported by the Office of the Science Directorate. 

Science departments


Kew employs approximately 250 scientists, and also hosts over 40 PhD students and 88 Honorary Research Fellows and Associates. Here you can read about the individual research interests and activities of Kew scientists and see some of their recent scientific outputs.

Science staff


Kew scientists undertake internally and externally funded project work ranging in scale from small research projects to work programmes delivered through large-scale European and global consortia. These project pages profile our current and completed projects.

Science and conservation projects


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