Our International strategy is evolving but will be built around these broad principles:
Engage developed countries on a peer-to-peer basis emphasising scientific excellence
We have many active peer-to-peer collaborations and seek to strengthen these by initiating new programs in which we actively promote collaborations with world-class labs in other industrialised countries.
Create a strategic focus on Brazil, China, India and the European Union
We have many joint projects involving partners from these countries and seek to structure our activities in these areas to bring about coherent, yet flexible, platforms maximizing collaboration across our strongest research areas.
Engage developing countries in a strategic manner
We shall continue to build strong relationships with developing countries but with greater reference to our overall scientific strategy. The Rothamsted International program will continue to fund fellowships for appropriately qualified scientists from developing countries.
Co-ordinate more closely with sister Institutes and UK Universities
The case for strong international linkages is rendered more compelling if we are building strategic relationships in a concerted way with our natural UK partners. We will investigate initiatives that will exploit the synergies between UK partners working on the themes of crop agriculture, livestock health & nutrition and food quality to generate efficient solutions to global issues in these areas.
Capitalise on our existing network of International Alumni
We have had a large number of alumni who have worked at Rothamsted and who now wield substantial influence in Universities and Institutes around the world. We will create a database to formalize this network allowing both current staff and alumni to identify contacts in organisations around the globe. Our alumni network may also act as an advisory body for international relationship building.