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Staff celebrate inauguration of new ‘super-institute’

Iain Gordon addressing staff in Aberdeen
Chief Executive Iain Gordon addressing staff in Aberdeen
We are going to be one heck of a ‘can do’ organisation!

Staff of The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen and Dundee have been celebrating the inauguration of the new ‘super-institute’.  Chairman Ray Perman and Chief Executive Professor Iain Gordon addressed staff meetings at both sites.  They were joined by the Chief Operating Officer, Dr Karen Shaw.

Professor Iain Gordon explained why it was a day for celebration: “Independent studies have shown that in agricultural science Scotland tops the world in the number of citations per publication and our ecological science research is second only to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

“The products of our innovation also fill supermarket shelves and are used by the Scottish Government in developing new land use policies. Our ambition for The James Hutton Institute is to build upon these successes.

“We are going to bring our stakeholders and customers Excellent science, Engagement with the complexities of the environmental challenges facing the world and Effectivenessin the delivery of knowledge, services and products.  We are going to be one heck of a ‘can do’ organisation!”

An official public launch takes place next week in Edinburgh.

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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.