25 Feb 2019

Discussing extreme climate change scenarios – continued….

Following on from my earlier blog, the two workshops on extreme climate change scenarios were held at the James Hutton Institute on the 29th of January and 5th of February 2019, as planned.

30 Jan 2019

Can you prevent a cowtastrophy?

The 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the United Kingdom led to the culling of over six million animals and cost an estimated £8bn.

17 Dec 2018

When is a scientist not a scientist? When they’re a science policy and impact officer!

Clearly I’ll never cut it in comedy – so what exactly does a science policy and impact officer do and why do SEFARI institutes such as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) need one?

11 Dec 2018

Safeguarding our environment’s future can have an impact on our gardens today

We are delighted that Dr Katy Hayden from the Royal Botanic Garden together with the Plant Health Centre, have shared this example of the complexities and difficult decisions needed when protecting our environment with us.

4 Dec 2018

Chrononutrition: The ‘when’ of food and drink consumption - not just the ‘what’ and the ‘how much’

In November 2018, SEFARI researchers from the Rowett Institute, Dr Perry Barrett and Professor Julian Mercer, collaborated with the Physiological Society to put on a one-day meeting in London entitled ‘Chrononutrition: From

27 Nov 2018

How might our farmers adapt to a public money for public goods regime?

Ahead of this week's Land Use Conference, which has been part-funded by the SEFARI Gateway Responsive Opportunity Fund, we are delighted Professor Davy McCracken can share his recently published thoughts on rewarding the delivery of public goods.

26 Nov 2018

What food products of animal origin flow into and out of Scotland?

Over the last year, SEFARI has supported Food Standards Scotland deliver on a specific area of their food surveillance strategy: improving the use of data to identify trends and emerging issues so interventions can target more effectively areas of greatest risk.

13 Nov 2018

Do we have the evidence to support place based policies?

This is the second of two blog posts about place-based rural policy. In this blog post on this topic, we are pleased that Jonathan Hopkins, James Hutton Institute is able to explain more about the evidence needs to support place-based rural policies. The previous post can be accessed here and explains what exactly is place based rural policy. 

8 Nov 2018

What Exactly is Place Based Rural Policy?

The Scottish Rural Parliament will meet in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway (14th - 16th November). Across the range of talks and exhibits, the theme is “Taking Action.” In the lead-up to this meeting, we are publishing two blog posts about place-based rural policy. The first of these is written by Andrew Copus, James Hutton Institute and Jane Atterton, the Rural Policy Centre, SRUC, who start off by explaining what exactly is place based rural policy.

3 Oct 2018

Bog Blog – behind the scenes of a new film about restoring our peatlands

We are pleased that Dr Rebekka Artz and Gillian Donaldson-Selby, The James Hutton Institute can share their experiences on making a new 360° film about the importance of peatland restoration for helping to mitigate climate change.