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CambPlants Hub

Plants for Food, Energy, Materials, Health and Eco-systems

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About us

Cambplants harnesses the power of plant research in Cambridge.

Our mission is to tackle global challenges by putting plant research into practice.

We do that by providing a point of coordination and a hub for all plant-related activities across the University of Cambridge and beyond.


About Us

The CambPlants Hub is hosted at the Department of Plant Sciences in the University of Cambridge.  Currently funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), with Professor Alison Smith and Professor Sir David Baulcombe as the directors. 

The Hub operates as an umbrella for, and a 'one-stop-shop' to all activities across the University with relevance to plants, covering food, energy, materials, health and ecosystems services.  It connects a number of existing initiatives and acts as a gateway for leadership companies to access Cambridge expertise in Plant Sciences, instigating outreach, skills development, engagement activities and research collaborations.

Whether you are interested in food security, new sources of sustainable energy and materials, health or ecosystem services, we can offer you links to relevant research initiatives, free support, business networks and skills development opportunities.



Our mission is to harness the power of plant research in Cambridge by bringing into practice findings from fundamental plant research through interdisciplinary partnerships to address global challenges in food, energy, health, materials and eco-system services.



As our society and economy needs to wean itself off the reliance on fossil resources, the role of plants in providing security not only of food, but also of energy and materials is becoming increasingly important. The CambPlants Hub aims to build on the academic excellence Cambridge has in the disciplines relevant to these challenges, and encourage and facilitate the pull-through of research outputs into real-life solutions with global impact. A variety of initiatives and networks already operate or are under development, and while informal links between them exist to varying degrees, it is essential to increase collaboration internally, and develop a strategic approach across the board as far as interaction with industry and external stakeholders is concerned.


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Find out more about Cambridge University Strategic Research Initiatives.


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Collaborate / Outreach / Influence / Inspire / Sustain


1.  To develop and exploit synergies between relevant research disciplines as well as existing and developing initiatives and networks across he different schools, and provide a point of coordination and leadership for external interactions.

2.  To encourage and support intra-and cross-initiative funding applications with industry involvement.

3.  To increase visibility of research outputs to, and instigate active dialogue with:

a)  Industry

b)  Decision/policy makers in research councils and government

c)  General public

while making sure that the approach is coordinated and a united front is presented.

4.  Create a spirit of awareness of Knowledge Exchange and Entrepreneurship among the Plant Community.

CambPlants works closely with the coordinators of the of the SRIs (such as GFS, CCI and SRNs), CSaP and BIT.