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Department of Plant Sciences


Industry collaboration opportunities

We welcome collaborations with business, industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and would like to hear from potential new partners.

Our world-class plant science research encompasses the breadth of plant and microbial biology, from the molecular to the ecological with applications in food production, renewable energies, materials, synthetic biology, ecology and more. Our cutting-edge scientific research leads to breakthroughs in our understanding of natural and cultivated plant systems and addresses questions across disciplines and scales, helping to support the growing bioeconomy, sustainable technologies, food security and conservation.



We work to achieve five goals:

  1. Enhancing production of plant derived products
  2. Reducing agricultural inputs
  3. Cutting losses from pests and pathogens
  4. Enabling resilience to environmental change
  5. Delivering sustainable bio-diverse landscapes


Partnership opportunities and benefits


Industry funded PhDs

  • Propose PhD research projects to inspire our students, who can provide access to cutting-edge research results and help you to solve real-world problems
  • Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator if you have an enquiry relating to studentships 

Postdoctoral research projects 

  • Organisations can benefit from the input of experienced researchers


  • This may encompass individual academics giving advice as consultants, or providing targeted executive development or education

Industrial seminars

  • A chance to enthuse students with stories of the challenges being faced in the real world

Annual careers expo 

  • The careers expo, held in the Autumn, is an excellent opportunity to meet, mingle, and discuss career opportunities with our students

Opportunities to advertise graduate opportunities and summer internships 

  • Student jobs over the summer provide a great way for students and organisations to learn about each other, and possibly explore longer-term relationships

Tailored visits     

  • Get to know us; we can arrange a meeting with our academics to discuss industry and research challenges of mutual interest 


Contact us

If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation can work together with the Department of Plant Sciences, please contact the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Manager, Vicki Marshall.

You can also sign up to our bi-annual industry newsletter, in which we will share details of upcoming events you might be interested in participating in (such as career expos) and our latest research; please register below.