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Staff of The James Hutton Institute are committed to raising awareness and understanding of science

Colleges and universities

Colleges and universities can arrange student visits to The James Hutton Institute to discover more about our science and to discuss research activities with our scientists. Email Events for more information.

Resources for Schools


A visit to Robert Gordon’s College junior school eco group was made by three James Hutton Institute members of staff in June 2011. The pupils were given an overview of our different soils in Scotland and shown how to make a composting wormery. The children took the opportunity to examine the worms in their large glass fronted homes before they were helped to make their own wormeries. Read more about the visit.

Introduction to Soils

Introduction to Soils is a series of poster resources for senior school pupils to help explain soil knowledge. They were developed with assistance from Geography teachers.

Soils of the Crofts

Soils of the Crofts is a valuable resource for teachers and pupils in Crofting Connections schools which will help them deepen their knowledge of the soil through practical tasks like making wormeries and compost heaps or recreating lazy-beds, as well as through science experiments, creative activities and social studies. But most of all, it is an invitation to get to know and treasure the soils beneath their feet. Explore the Soils of the Crofts.


We have produced a wide range of resources connected to the Geography curriculum for both Primary and Secondary pupils including CD-Roms, posters and online resources. CDs include: Dr Miller’s Countryside Change Toolkit; The Machair; The Biosphere: Soils and Succession. Our geography resources can be found here or you can email our events staff.


You Choose the News
You Choose the News is a computer game that lets you create your own news report about changing EU chemical pesticide rules. The concept of the game was originally designed by staff at the Glasgow Science Centre. Play the game here.

The Living Field Projects
The Living Field Community Garden in Dundee is a crop and habitat demonstration garden which contains information about arable wildflowers, the environment, habitats, plant care and crop experiments. The garden is part of The James Hutton Institute’s Science Stroll and is freely open to the public during daylight hours.

The Living Field CD- Rom
The Living Field CD-Rom is a free educational resource containing more than 300 pages of high quality images, sound, games and activity sheets linked to science and the environment in a stimulating, interactive and challenging manner. The CD-Rom reinforces science learning in Primary and early Secondary schools.

Find more information on The Living Field website.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.