Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Institution (Original name) 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Kew Green
Postal code 
TW9 3AB
City 
Richmond
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
United Kingdom
Phone 

(+44) 20 8332 5000

E-mail 
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
Botanical Garden
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Associate member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Alan Paton, Head of Science Collections, +2083325295, A.paton@kew.org, Systematics of Lamiaceae, Collections Management

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Tim Utteridge, Head of Science (Identification and Naming), T.Utteridge@kew.org,  South East Asian Botany, Systematics of Primulaceae

Sarah Phillips, Digital Collections Manager, Sarah.Phillips@kew.org, Digitisation

OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

China Wlliams, Policy officer, C.williams@kew.org,  ABS and environmental policy, ABS working Group

Abigail Barker, Head of Science (Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis), A.Barker@kew.org, Biodiversity Informatics,  ISTC

Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Richard Deverell Director 020 8332 5112 r.deverell@kew.org

Governing and executive bodies 

Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff200100
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections110
c) Post-docs / PhD students80
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions
f) Collection managers / technicians37
g) Others
TOTAL (e+f+g)
Total permanent staff 
200
Total non-permanent staff 
120
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
320
R&D facilities
List of laboratories 
  1. Herbarium
  2. Jodrell
  3. Millennium seed bank
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

TEM, SEM microscopes, molecular lab with next generation sequencer, micropropagation

Exhibitions
List of permanent exhibitions  
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Plant and Fungal Diversity and Conservation
Summary of your Research programme 

Kew has three strategic priorities in science:

  • To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity and its uses for humanity.
  • To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research.
  • To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
450
Quarterly journals/series 
Other publications 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany350000700000012
2.2Mycology150000040
2.3DNA and Tissue Bank50000100
2.4Economic Botany100000100
2.5Seed78000 accessions /2 billion seeds100
2.6microscope slides150000
Total specimens (all collections) 
8,878,000
Outstanding collection features 

Worldwide coverage

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world, Library, Art & Archives contains several million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps.

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
50 000
Number of organisms / species 
35 000
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
Number of seed samples 
78 000
Number of organisms / species 
35 000
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
c 5000 specimens
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
30000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
7500 days to collections and labs
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Botany and Mycology of tropical and subtropical areas
UK Fungi
Monographic research in Fungi, Leguminosae, Arecaceae, Poaceae, Myrtaceae, Lamiaceae, Dioscoreaceae, Tropical Primulaceae
UK Overseas Territories
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
Visitors
Last year:  
1 200 000
Trends (past and future) 

It is going up

Institution news
Career opportunities
Training
Research updates
Workshops / Events
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Yes, training course in various aspects of botany and mycology see www.kew.org/learn/specialist-training/plant-science-courses

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Kew runs a M.Sc. Course on Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation with Queen Mary College, University of London see www.kew.org/learn/specialist-training/msc-plant-and-fungal-taxonomy-dive...

Kew acts in partnership with various universities and other scientific institutions to organise a number of plant diversity and conservation MSc courses. As well as providing taught modules, Kew also offers research opportunities for students on these courses, enabling them to work alongside Kew’s specialist staff and contribute to ongoing projects. see http://www.kew.org/learn/specialist-training/msc-partnerships

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 
  • To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity and its uses for humanity.
  • To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research.
  • To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.
THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 
  • To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity and its uses for humanity.
  • To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research.
  • To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.
Last update 
11.25.16