Applications are now open for a unique opportunity to tackle one of the most serious issues we face – how can we feed the world sustainably?

  • 01
  • NOV
  • 2018

Farming Futures is an ambitious new research alliance between Rothamsted and the University of Bristol. Together we aim to tackle the challenges of food insecurity head-on.

As part of this collaboration, an exciting range of PhD projects have just been announced.

Topics include the elimination of waste from farming in low and middle-income countries; how farmers will balance the competing demands of post-Brexit agricultural support mechanisms; and how current UK diets lead to different forms of malnutrition and how they differ from Public Health England’s recommendations for healthy eating.

Also on offer is a molecular-level study of how efficient different nitrogen fertilisers are across a range of soils, field conditions and crop varieties; and, using data from a newly set up long term field experiment, a project looking to quantify the true environmental and economic costs of different farming approaches.

Interested candidates are invited to join this partnership at an exciting time in its development and become part of a network of hundreds of researchers committed to this common cause.  

Full details, including how to apply, are on the Farming Futures webpage. Deadline for applications is 29 January 2019.  

For further information about a specific PhD project, please contact the named supervisor. For all other queries please email

In 2017, Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol signed a Strategic Alliance to strengthen collaboration between the two institutions and combine research strengths to deliver novel and high impact research that tackles the current and emergent challenges, on the topic of “Farming Futures”. 

About Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Our founders, in 1843, were the pioneers of modern agriculture, and we are known for our imaginative science and our collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices.
Through independent science and innovation, we make significant contributions to improving agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK was calculated to exceed £3000 million a year in 20151. Our strength lies in our systems approach, which combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.
Rothamsted is also home to three unique resources. These National Capabilities are open to researchers from all over the world: The Long-Term Experiments, Rothamsted Insect Survey and the North Wyke Farm Platform.
We are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams, and from industry. We are also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
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1Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence: A synthesis of the available evidence, by Séan Rickard (Oct 2015)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by government, BBSRC invested £469 million in world-class bioscience in 2016-17. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
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About LAT
The Lawes Agricultural Trust, established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural science through the provision of land, facilities and funding. LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom's Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research. LAT provides an annual research grant to the Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries. LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, or invests in new buildings.