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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.

Kew Science departments

Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis

The vast amounts of data held in Kew's collections and associated databases represent a huge, often untapped resource.

Collections Department

Kew’s scientific collections contain over 8.5 million items, representing over 95% of known flowering plant genera and approximately 60% of known genera of fungi.

Identification and Naming

Accurate taxonomy forms the bedrock on which all of Kew’s pure and applied science is based.

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology

Our scientists use a wide range of comparative approaches to understand the underlying principles that generate and drive plant and fungal diversity.

Conservation Science

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

Natural Capital and Plant Health

The Natural Capital and Plant Health department uses collections-based science to identify and evaluate the roles plants and fungi play in providing services to humankind.

Office of the Science Directorate

The Office of the Science Directorate provides support to all of Kew's science departments.

Library, Art & Archives

The Library, Art & Archives collections are used to support Kew’s science and horticulture, and are also frequently consulted by visitors from across the globe to support their research in a diverse range of academic disciplines.