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

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

The Impact of Change on Rural Businesses

Through a series of Rural Business Surveys, our research is developing a better understanding of the characteristics, contributions and aspirations of rural businesses across the South and North-East of Scotland. 

  • Rural Economy

Is the demographic tide turning for some Island Communities?

In recent months population trends in remote and Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA) of Scotland have become a political issue, not least due to fears about the likely impact of post-Brexit migration policy.

  • Rural Economy
  • Land and Communities


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.

30 Aug 2019

Cowtastrophy: Tested in the Field!

In a previous blog article we described the development of the Cowtastrophy web app which was funded by the SEFARI Gateway’s Responsive Opportunity Fund.


9 Oct 2019

A new website to improve open access to research data on Scotland’s natural assets

"The aim of NAR-DP is to create an accessible and easy to use online resource for a wide range of people, from organisations to members of the public"

4 Oct 2019

New insight into bacterium responsible for life-threatening disease in humans

"This study illustrates how rigorous experimental design, coupled with advanced data analysis and modelling expertise, is fundamental to successful scientific discovery"


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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