Becky Smith

Research Software Engineer
Information and Computational Sciences
T: +44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)
I am one of the Institute's Mental Health First Aiders and have completed my Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training which enables me to support people in crisis.


  • BSc Computing Science (with Distinction)
  • PGDE Secondary (Computing)

Full cycle design and development of software to support research taking place at the James Hutton Institute.


Past research

Most projects detailed below have been created with a combination of Java and Vue.js.

  • RTD Box, a user-friendly web interface to a bioinformatics pipeline to enable researchers to make use of specialised tools in a more accessible fashion.
  • NewbieVille, a web-based application in the form of an educational game to teach players about farm management and the different access routes to farming.
  • Monitoring and management tools to support the Crop Diversity HPC, a shared high performance computing resource used by seven UK institutions collaborating on crop research projects.
  • Flapjack, a desktop application for visualising genetic data of crops.


Conference posters / abstracts

  • Polhill, G.; Baggaley, N.; Castellazzi, M.; Gimona, A.; Hare, M.; Ibiyemi, A.; Lilly, A.; Loades, K.; Macdiarmid, J.; Macleod, K.; McCormick, B.; McKeen, M.; Rivington, M.; Roxburgh, N.; Salt, D.; Smith, B.; Udugbezi, E.; Wang, C.; Wilkins, B. (2022) Developing agile approaches to scientific modelling in policyrelevant contexts, iEMSs 2022, 3-8 July 2022, Brussels, Belgium.