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The James Hutton Institute

Image of The James Hutton Institute logoThe James Hutton Institute launched in April 2011. Read about the work of the Institute and watch the video introduction on the website

Chief Operating Officer appointed

Dr Karen Shaw has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of The James Hutton Institute. Currently working at the University of Manchester as Head of the University Research Office, Dr Shaw will take up her post at the end of January 2011.

The role of the Chief Operating Officer is to initiate, develop, lead and promote the efficient and effective delivery of operational, administrative and governance arrangements for The James Hutton Institute, and to provide strategic planning advice to the CEO and the executive management team.


Various invitations to tender are being issued on behalf of The James Hutton Institute. Read full details on the Tender documents page.

Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary

Professor Iain Gordon, the Chief Executive of The James Hutton Institute, has had a meeting with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP. Read more and see the photograph here.

New Institute named The James Hutton Institute

The new “super research institute” to be formed from SCRI in Invergowrie, and Aberdeen’s Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, is to be named in honour of the Scottish Enlightenment science pioneer, James Hutton.

The James Hutton Institute will bring together existing Scottish expertise in crop research, soils and land-use, and will make a major contribution to the study of key global issues, such as food and energy security, biodiversity, and how climate change will affect the way we use land and grow crops.

Read the full news release here.

Chief Executive named for New Institute

A leading Scots scientist – currently working in Australia – has been named as the Chief Executive designate to lead Scotland’s new, crop, food and land use research organisation. Professor Iain Gordon, who holds both British and Australian nationality, will take on the role.

Currently he is leading biodiversity research teams across various centres for CSIRO - the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - in Canberra. CSIRO is the national government body for scientific research in Australia. Read the full story here.

New Institute board members

Members from the current SCRI and MLURI boards recently selected by Ray Perman, Chairman of the New Institute, to sit on the New Institute board have been announced.

From SCRI:

  • David Boxer
  • Sandy Morrison
  • Allan Stevenson


  • Laura Meagher
  • Brian Clark
  • Alan Werritty
  • Julia Brown

Additional new members:

  • Wayne Powell
  • George Thorley

New Chairman announced

The Chairmen of the Governing Boards of the Macaulay Land Use and the Scottish Crop Research Institutes announced the appointment of Ray Perman as the Chair of the new scientific research institute on 23 March 2010. Ray Perman is a former chair of WWF Scotland and a trustee of WWF UK. He was a board member of Scottish Enterprise until December 2009 and chair of Social Investment Scotland. Read the full news story here.


It was announced in October 2009 that SCRI and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute have agreed in principle to unite to form a new ‘super institute’.

Read more about the announcement here.

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Moredun to be affiliated to New Institute

The plan for SCRI and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute to form a new ‘super-institute’ has been further boosted by news that the Moredun Research Institute is likely to become an “affiliate” of the new organisation. Read more.