SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions

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 Portfolio 2022-2027 on agriculture, environment, food, land and rural communities.

Case Studies

What impact does tree planting have on soil carbon storage?

Increasingly trees are being promoted as a means to increase carbon storage and hence off-set climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment

Working together to improve our understanding of inclusive growth in the Highlands and Islands

In 2020, researchers and practitioners collaborated to better understand how inclusive growth can be conceptualised and measured across a large, diverse and predominantly rural region in the north and west of Scotland.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

Does floodplain restoration help to reduce extremes of water availability and improve biodiversity?

Healthy, intact floodplains play an important role in mitigating extremes of water availability (droughts and floods) expected under climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Taking the scenic (and sustainable) route - exploring public engagement strategies to decarbonise transport in UK national parks

The climate emergency presents a double challenge for public bodies as they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and learn to adapt to the already changing climate.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • SEFARI Gateway


15 Nov 2022

Vertical farming - is the sky the limit?

During COP26 the contribution of agriculture and food production to greenhouse gas emissions was discussed and, goals were set to tackle the global challenges of climate change.

24 Oct 2022

The future of livestock farming: What’s your beef?

We are pleased to have a guest contribution from Dr Max Coleman, an ecologist and science communicator at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who is taking a wider look at beef production from an ecological perspective.


17 Aug 2022

New Call for PhD proposals (Hydro Nation Scholars Programme)

Announcement from Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) - New Call for PhD proposals (Hydro Nation Scholars Programme)

5 Aug 2022

Cheers to great barley science on International Beer Day

"Scotland has a thriving brewing scene, with a host of small breweries using local ingredients to craft beer, contributing to the country’s reputation for top quality produce"


28 Mar 2023

BSAS Conference 2023

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) annual conference is one of the largest animal science events in the UK. This conference offers an opportunity for scientists, academics and farmers alike to participate in engaging discussion and debate surrounding issues at the heart of the industry.

23 Nov 2022

Science and the Parliament 2022

Science and the Parliament is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Scottish science and engineering community. The event is designed to foster close relations with policymakers and key stakeholders.

5 Sep 2022

Leading Ideas Hub - A Knowledge Exchange Training & Development Event

Free to attend, this two day event brings together a range professionals to share tips and advice on best knowledge exchange practice. Organised by SEFARI Gateway and supported by partners, this event will bring together scientists, policy advisors and stakeholders



16 hours ago

RT @DavyMcCracken: 10 years of @SRUC - looking to the future at #SRUCKirkton - our upland research and demonstration farm.


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