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James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute
Founded 1 April 2011
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland
Number of locations
2 - Aberdeen and Dundee
Key people
Professor Iain Gordon (Chief Executive)
  • Macaulay Scientific Consulting Ltd. (MSCL)
  • Mylnefield Research Services (MRS)
  • Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)

The James Hutton Institute is an interdisciplinary scientific research institute in Scotland established in 2011, through the merger of Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. The institute, named after Scottish geologist James Hutton, one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, combines existing Scottish expertise in agricultural research, soils and land use, and will make contributions to issues including food and energy security, biodiversity, and climate change. With more than 600 employees, the new institute is among the largest research centres in the UK.[1]

The Institute has its main offices in Aberdeen and Dundee with farms and field research stations at Glensaugh, Hartwood and Balruddery.[2] The Dundee site also hosts the Plant Sciences department of the University of Dundee.[3]

The James Hutton Institute also formally contains Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) which has staff based in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Ayr. BioSS undertakes research, consultancy and training in mathematics and statistics as applied to agriculture, the environment, food and health[4]. Strategic oversight of the development of BioSS is provided by a Strategic Planning Group composed of senior representatives from BioSS' principal stakeholders.[1]

BioSS and the James Hutton Institute are two of a family of six organisations termed the Main Research Providers for the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analytical Services Division (RESAS)[5].


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