SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

SEFARI aims to deliver ‘Leading Ideas for Better Lives’, reflecting that publicly funded research in Scotland must ultimately deliver positive impact for individuals, whether in Scotland or elsewhere.

As a collective, we collaborate to deliver the Scottish Government funded Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land.

Case Studies

A Test is Best: A New Sheep Scab Blood Test Helps Control Disease on the Isle of Mull & Iona

Sheep scab is a highly contagious disease caused by infestation with the mite Psoroptes ovis.

  • Plant and Animal Health

Scotland’s Dinner Plate 2050

Leading industry and SEFARI science representatives from Scotland’s food, drink and agricultural sectors came together to discuss and speculate what Scotland’s dinner plate may look like in 2050. 

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods
  • SEFARI Gateway

Infrared Spectroscopy – Helping to Protect Scotland’s Soils

Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique that can characterise a wide

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Science Education

Exploring the Gender Pay Gap in Rural Scotland

This scoping study explored the extent of the gender pay gap in rural Scotland, how it has changed over recent years, and potential reasons that might explain its extent and fluctuations over time.

  • Rural Economy


14 Oct 2019

Hemp’s role in diet biodiversification and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Facing current environmental emergencies, governments worldwide have set themselves ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at national levels.

30 Sep 2019

High-Performance Computing for Innovative Science: Clusters, communication and caramel wafers

High Performance Computing (HPC) is making major contributions across a wide breadth of scientific disciplines and is essential for advanced data processing for data visualization, mathematical modelling, data simulations and computational biology.


8 Nov 2019

Collaborative research at centre of new Hutton-ILVO partnership

“It is a pleasure to establish links with ILVO as there is huge potential for collaboration. This partnership represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to realise scientific collaboration between Scotland and Flanders.”

5 Nov 2019

Migration vital to Scotland's future workforce, expert panel finds

"Scotland can learn a lot from how other countries use immigration programmes to address skills and occupational shortages and attract and retain people in remote and rural areas"


2 Oct 2019

42nd TB Macaulay Lecture - Green and Prosperous Land

Each year the Macaulay Development Trust, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, hosts a world-renowned guest speaker for its annual TB Macaulay Lecture.

18 Nov 2019

Scottish Biodiversity Science Conference

This one-day Conference on ‘Scottish Biodiversity Science for Nature: novelty, ingenuity and solutions’ will address current environmental challenges and discuss innovative methods and technologies that create solutions for biodiversity.

19 Nov 2019

Food Matters Live 2019

The unique event creating cross-sector connections focused on the future of food, drink and sustainable nutrition.

27 Nov 2019

SAGES’19 Symposium: Global Climate Challenges for a Blue Green Economy - Evidence, Relevance, Solutions.

Practical solutions to challenges posed by global anthropogenic climate change are non-global: in national and regional regulatory frameworks, in devolved implementation of policy, in behavioural acceptance and desire for change, and in process-level understanding underpinning systems science research.



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