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Rothamsted Research – strategic agricultural science

Rothamsted Research is a non-profit research centre that focuses on strategic agricultural science to the benefit of farmers and society worldwide

Rothamsted Research is a world-leading, non-profit research centre striving to develop strategic agricultural science for global benefit.

Our scientific contribution

Our scientific contributionOur scientists publish around 300 papers in international science journals each year, of which more than 70% are open access. We also make numerous data, software tools and other information widely available to the global scientific community and other stakeholders or beneficiaries of our work. Rothamsted Research has partnerships with numerous research institutions and universities in over 50 countries.


Our values

Our peopleWe take pride in our people and their achievements. Our people are experts in their field and come from all areas of the globe. We provide a modern dynamic working environment and support systems to enable collaboration and development opportunities.


Diversity and equality

Diversity and EqualityHere at Rothamsted we actively encourage and support diversity and equality.

We understand that an organisation’s success depends on its ability to draw on the skills, understanding and experience of its people.


Athena Swan

Our peopleRothamsted Research is proud to hold a Bronze Award from Athena SWAN.

The Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.


National capabilities

National capabilitiesRothamsted Research is home to three unique National Capabilities that are open to researchers from all over the world; The Long Term ExperimentsRothamsted Insect SurveyNorth Wyke Farm Platform for grazing-livestock systems research.


Collaboration and innovation

Collaboration and InnovationRothamsted Research has a strong history of innovation through collaboration and now holds partnerships with numerous research institutions and universities in over 50 countries. Rothamsted Enterprises hosts a unique hub promoting collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural technology businesses. Rothamsted Research is also a founding member of three UK agri-tech innovation centres that bring together a wide range of public and industry partners, namely Agrimetrics, the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock, and the Centre for Applied Crop Science.


Corporate information and funding

Funding and corporate informationOur annual expenditures amount to about £35 million. Funding and other support for our research is provided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK, the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT), a wide range of other national and international funding bodies and industry.


History and heritage

History and heritageRothamsted Research is the oldest continually operating agricultural research station in the world. Its foundation dates from 1843 when John Bennet Lawes the owner of the Rothamsted estate appointed Joseph Henry Gilbert, a chemist as his scientific collaborator. We are proud of our heritage and invite you to find out about this fascinating journey


Environmental management system

Environmental management systemWe are committed to creating a better environment, which is a key underpinning objective of our science. This commitment extends to the running of the institute, which is compliant with international environmental standard ISO 14001.