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

The Tarland Catchment: Monitoring landscape interventions to improve water quality, benefit riparian habitat and mitigate flooding

The Tarland Burn Catchment (~70 km2) has been studied since the year 2000 making it one of the longest running comprehensive catchment management case studies in the UK.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

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


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 Jan 2023

New report highlights impacts from from the Strategic Research Programme 2016-2022

A new report summarises the extensive and multifaceted impacts arising from the Strategic Research Programme 2016-2022, supporting Scotland’s commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals and including impacts showcased thr

22 Aug 2022

New joint Fellowship opportunity with SEFARI Gateway and Cairngorms National Park Authority

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide funding for a new Fellowship with the Cairngorms National Park Authority. 


22 Jun 2023

Royal Highland Show 2023

One of Scotland’s most loved outdoor agricultural events, the annual Royal Highland Show highlights the best in farming, food and rural industry across Scotland.

1 Apr 2023

Edinburgh Science Festival 2023

The annual 2-week Edinburgh Science Festival offers a vast and wide range of exhibitions, events, workshops and activities for all ages and helps to excite and inspire the next generation of researchers.

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.

16 Mar 2023

F5: Future, Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry

This Open Forum Event will highlight and raise awareness of different perspectives from people connected to Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry to articulate the key challenges and vision to new opportunities for working together to create a better future.



7 hours ago

RT @SEFARIscot: We have just published our Spotlight booklet highlights @SGRESAS funded research & knowledge exchange for 2021-22. The handy booklet provides summaries & links to strategic research, policy advice, new partnerships, & improved practices & innovations ➡️


1 day ago

This booklet also demonstrates the huge amount of work that has been put in by SEFARI researchers across: @BioSScotland @JamesHuttonInst @MoredunComms @rowett_abdn @RBGE_Science @SRUC @RuralPolicySRUC