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Science Directory

Kew's primary focus is science-based conservation to enhance the quality of life. This involves an ongoing mix of basic and applied science, mostly focused on collections and associated databases. The breadth of Kew's plant collections is matched by the scope of its international partnerships and unparalleled access to plant science expertise around the globe. 

Kew has 21 cross-departmental science teams all directing their research to contribute to Kew's Key Performance Targets and reporting their work in the framework of Kew's Breathing Planet Programme. In this directory, the achievements of the Breathing Planet Programme are made accessible together with lists and descriptions of science team projects, people and publications.

Breathing Planet Programme

The Breathing Planet Programme is Kew’s 10-year action plan to rescue, revive and restore the plants and fungi that directly or indirectly sustain us all. Its aim is to help the planet – and everything that lives on it – to breathe a little more easily, paving the way for a better and more secure future.

Breathing Planet Programme


Kew employs more than 200 scientists and benefits from the unpaid services of many Kew-based Research Fellows and Associates, including former members of staff post-retirement. 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 are involved in hundreds of scientific projects of varying scales ranging from individual PhD research programmes to large-scale network endeavours involving more than 40 institutional partners across several continents. These project profiles document all our significant science projects (whether externally or internally funded).

Science and conservation projects


Kew scientists work within 21 cross-departmental science teams involving staff from many departments. The teams vary in size and in the breadth of their focus but all direct their research to contribute to Kew's Breathing Planet Programme.

Science teams

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