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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 Science departments

Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis

Applying cutting-edge computational techniques to analyse, edit, curate, organise, mine and disseminate data and to evaluate trends and patterns through time and space.

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

Species discovery, naming and curation, and undertaking accurate taxonomy - the bedrock on which all of Kew’s pure and applied science is based.

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology

Creating knowledge from Kew’s unique collections to understand the principles that determine 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

Research on plant and fungal natural assets and the ecosystem services they underpin in order to enhance the societal benefits arising from them.

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.