Our science departments
We have six research departments which are supported by the Library, Art and Archives and the Office of the Science Directorate.
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.
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.
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Understanding the principles that determine plant and fungal diversity and applying this knowledge to the global challenges of today.
The Conservation Science department undertakes rigorous, evidence-based research and conservation activities to improve the global outlook for biodiversity.
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.
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.
Library, Art and Archives
Supporting Kew’s science, history and horticulture, as well as the academic research of visitors from around the world.
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.