Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We run short courses aimed at equipping working professionals with specialised skills.

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Explore our popular courses

Here are several popular courses that we provide for working professionals, such as academics, craftspeople and practical scientists, to update their skills. We sometimes provide tailor-made, in-house training for institutions.

  • Woman looks down a microscope to identify a plant

    Plant Taxonomy Skills for Ecology and Conservation

    Learn taxonomy skills for conservation​ to independently conduct taxonomic work.

  • Researcher in lab coat holding tube of seeds

    Seed Conservation Techniques

    Learn how to collect, conserve and manage high quality, ex-situ collections of wild plant seeds.

  • People sat around a table identifying a tropical plant specimen

    Tropical Plant Identification

    Our botanists share their expertise in identifying plants from the biodiversity-rich tropical regions of the world.

  • Herbal medicines on sale in South Korea

    Use of Scientific Plant Names for Herbal Products

    Discover the relationships between pharmaceutical names for drugs and scientific plant names.

  • A microscopic  scan of Turraeanthus africana wood

    Wood Identification

    Find out how to identify wood using features of their cells and tissues visible only under the microscope.

  • Researchers using some cryogenics laboratory equipment

    Plant cryopreservation – theory and practice

    Learn how to apply different cryopreservation approaches for ex situ plant conservation.

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Are you looking for CPD for teachers?

Discover how you can use plants to bring the curriculum alive and engage pupils in developing new scientific knowledge and skills.