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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.


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


Kew's Science Directorate is led by the Acting Director of Science, Dr Paul Wilkin. The directorate comprises six scientific research departments, supported by the Office of the Science Directorate, and Library, Art & Archives.

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.

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.

Training and education

Find out more about Kew's MSc course, PhD opportunities, training courses and internships.

Policy work

Find out more about how Kew works on policy, particularly international conservation policies.

Kew Science Publications

Browse some of Kew's Key publications, including articles published by Kew scientists, reports, magazines, and newsletters.

Where we work

Kew’s scientific work spans more than 100 countries and involves over 400 collaborating institutions worldwide.

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