20a Inverleith Row
EH3 5LR Edinburgh
Directing board & legal representatives:
|scientific staff (permanent)||56.0|
|scientific staff (non permanent)||23.0|
|scientific staff collections (permanent)||44.0|
|scientific staff collections (non permanent)||23.0|
|staff collection managers technicians (permanent)||75.0|
|staff collection managers technicians (non permanent)||4.0|
|staff administrative (permanent)||86.0|
|staff administrative (non permanent)||2.0|
|staff exhibitions (permanent)||5.0|
|staff exhibitions (non permanent)||4.0|
At RBGE research reflects the expertise of the staff and the richness of the living and herbarium collections, the library and archives. The three major strategic objectives for research are: Conserving plant biodiversity in the face of global environmental change and mass extinction Provision of baseline taxonomic/botanical data as a foundation science.
Understanding the evolutionary processes that have given rise to the world’s botanical diversity There are four research programmes (see below). These four research programmes are led by Antje Ahrends (Genetics and Conservation), Chris Ellis (Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi), Toby Pennington (Tropical Diversity) and Mark Watson (Major Floras).
Floristic studies of botanically important regions in Asia and the development of innovative bioinformatics methods of dissemination of floristic information to a range of end-users, including other taxonomists, ecologists and conservationists, and especially national governments to assist them in meeting targets derived from the CBD.
Biodiversity in the tropics, concentrating on widely distributed and species-rich genera and high priority conservation areas, and elucidation of the evolutionary processes giving rise to this biodiversity.
Biodiversity of cryptogamic plants and fungi, exploration of the evolutionary processes giving rise to this biodiversity, and assessment of threats and development of strategies for conservation.
Elucidation of population genetic processes underlying the evolution of plant biodiversity in high conservation priority groups and development of practical strategies to contribute towards their conservation.
Link of the Research page : Research Page
Link of the Annual report :
Wide range of RBGE Certificates and Diplomas in botany, plant ID horticulture and allied disciplines some in partnership e.g. Certificate in Practical Horticulture endorsed by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the RBGE Diploma in Garden History endorsed by the UK Garden History Society.
For more info see RBGE web site for details on all: http://www.rbge.org.uk/education/home