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Williams, China

Job title: 

Senior Science Officer (Science Policy)

Department: 
Science Directorate Office
Joined Kew: 

2001

Foreign languages: 

French

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MA, Edinburgh University, 1991
  • Dip. Law, City University, 1993
  • Called to the Bar, 1994
  • LLM, SOAS, London University, 1998
Role: 

My role focuses on ensuring that Kew staff comply with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources, as well as the national laws of our partner countries. This involves supporting Kew staff preparing for overseas collecting trips, developing legal agreements with partners, and making sure that policies in all research areas ensure that we are using material legally.  In addition I represent Kew at national and international meetings and work with the UK government so that Kew’s breadth of science knowledge is used to guide policy decisions. I have developed and deliver a range of policy training modules for Kew staff, partners,  others in the non commercial research sector and also at the graduate and post graduate level.

Selected publications: 

CETAF (2015). Code of Conduct and Best Practices. Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities. Available online

Ahrén, M., Ali, N., Cabrera Medaglia, J. A., Greiber, T., Kamau, E. C., Nieto Carrasco, J., Oliva, M. J., Pena Moreno, S., Perron-Welch, F. & Williams, C. (2012). An explanatory guide to the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper no. 083. Available online

Williams, C. (2011). Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity: Update from COP10 in Nagoya in Medicinal Plant Conservation 14:17-21.

Williams, C., Davis, K. & Cheyne, P. (2009). The CBD for Botanists (3rd Edition): an introduction to the Convention on Biological Diversity for people working with botanical collections. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Darwin Initiative. CD-ROM. (available in English, French and Spanish).

Williams, C., Davis, K. & Cheyne, P. (2003). The CBD for Botanists: an introduction to the Convention on Biological Diversity for people working with botanical collections. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Darwin Initiative. 94 pp + CD-ROM. (available in English, French and Spanish).