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Mission Statement

VisionOver-arching Vision

To be at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities.


To conduct excellent science and engage in new ways of working across disciplines, with business, policy and society, that guide contemporary thought and challenge conventional wisdom, ensure trust and deliver the best outcomes for all.

Our Group Objective

To deliver greater food and environmental security through science connecting land and people.

Our values

To bring about our Vision and achieve our Mission we are guided by our Values in everything we do:

  • We respect and value our people and the people we engage with
  • We want to make a difference
  • We strive to be excellent in everything we do
  • We lead by example
  • We foster creativity and innovation

We strive for excellence and want to make a difference whilst respecting others by working in partnership, seeking and valuing the opinions of all of our stakeholders, customers and the public and taking responsibility for the public understanding of our science.

We understand that to make a difference, creativity and innovation must be relevant to the needs and aspirations of society and people and respect all scientific disciplines and approaches.

Our scientific ethos is one of the “advancement of knowledge” and we aspire to achieve this through excellence with objectivity, independence and transparency, and minimisation of any conflict of interest.

Above all, the Institute leads by example through its activities, outputs and engagement with others.

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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.