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Who we are and what we do

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information. The core purpose of our science stems from a simple but often overlooked truth: all our lives depend on plants and fungi.

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Explore our Science Strategy, including our nine exciting and ambitious strategic outputs. Find out about our global research and conservation partnerships. Learn about our policy work and browse our publications.

Investigating the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life


Search our staff directory to find out about individual research interests and activities of our scientists and see some of their recent scientific outputs.

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Kew's Science Directorate is led by the Director of Science, Professor Katherine J Willis. The directorate comprises six scientific research departments, supported by the Office of the Science Directorate, and Library, Art & Archives.

Seeds and fruits (Credit: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Kew's Science Strategy

Our scientific vision is to document and understand global plant and fungal diversity and its uses, bringing authoritative expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing humanity today.
Ethiopian smallholder agriculture at Mananar Baya, Gamo Gofa Zone, Daramalo Woreda, Ethiopia.

Strategic Outputs 2020

Kew's Science Strategy sets out nine exciting and ambitious strategic outputs to be achieved by 2020. These outputs will make a vital contribution to plant and fungal science, education, policy and conservation management worldwide.

Collecting Aloe dichotoma seeds (Credit: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Training and education

Find out more about Kew's MSc course, PhD opportunities, training courses and internships.
Asteraceae growing in the Alps

Policy work

Find out more about Kew's policy work, particularly on international conservation policies such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Browse our list of publications for 2016.

Kew’s scientific work spans 110 countries

Where we work

Kew’s scientific work spans 110 countries and involves over 400 collaborating institutions worldwide.

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