SEFARI research initiative launched by Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

Published Tuesday, 18th April 2017 in Research news

Sefari launch

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham launched SEFARI – a new collaborative project between six of Scotland’s leading research institutes - during a visit to SRUC’s GreenCow facility.

SEFARI - the Scottish Environment Food and Agriculture Research Institutes - will work to build connections and improve the availability of information in areas such as the environment, land, food, agriculture and rural communities.

Businesses, charities, communities and policy-makers are all set to benefit from easier access to research carried out in Scotland.

Roseanna Cunningham was joined by experts from each of the research institutes on a trip up Castlelaw Hill Fort before being given a tour of the SRUC GreenCow facility.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “SEFARI is developing ways to align the right research and expertise with those who need it – whether policy, business or individuals. This a powerful change that can offer insight and value to a range of people.

“I am proud that Scotland has our own world-leading research capacity and I look forward to seeing increasing impact from Scottish Government investment in research, delivering clear results on complex issues such as climate change and food security, and economic returns for the country.” 

The six SEFARI members are SRUC, the Moredun Research Institute, the Rowett Institute, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the James Hutton Institute.

Professor Richard Dewhurst, Interim Head of Future Farming Systems, gave Roseanna Cunningham a tour of the SRUC GreenCow facility.

He said: “SRUC was delighted to host the visit. SEFARI is about linking up Scottish Government funded work and the SRUC GreenCow facility provided an important backdrop given the work on greenhouse gas emissions across all six institutes.”

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