Our science departments

We have six research departments which are supported by the Library, Art and Archives and the Office of the Science Directorate.

Researchers looking at plants in Kew's Palm house
  • Drone image of canopy in Rio Branco

    Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis

    Applying computational techniques to analyse, edit, curate, organise, mine and disseminate data and to evaluate trends and patterns through time and space.

  • Dried Rhododendron specimen

    Collections Department

    Our scientific collections contain over 8.5 million items, representing over 95% of known flowering plant genera and approximately 66% of the known genera of fungi.

  • Small funnel like fungi on a log

    Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology

    Understanding the principles that determine plant and fungal diversity and applying this knowledge to the global challenges of today.

  • Mountain area in Mozambique - a tropical important plant area

    Conservation Science

    The Conservation Science department undertakes rigorous, evidence-based research and conservation activities to improve the global outlook for biodiversity.

  • Researcher inspecting Herbarium specimen for taxonomic research

    Identification and Naming

    Species discovery, naming and curation, and undertaking accurate taxonomy - the bedrock on which all of Kew’s pure and applied science is based. 

  • A man harvesting coffee in Ethiopia

    Natural Capital and Plant Health

    Researching plant and fungal natural assets and the ecosystem services they underpin in order to provide benefits and services to humankind. 

  • Painting of Passiflora alata

    Library, Art and Archives

    Supporting Kew’s science, history and horticulture, as well as the academic research of visitors from around the world.

  • CITES team member with two researchers in the Jodrell Anatomy Lab

    Office of the Science Directorate

    Providing support for our research departments and ensuring we have the right scientific infrastructure. Working directly to support the Director of Kew Science.