We are committed to the development of our future scientists and workforce.

Applications for the 2022 programme will open in the Autumn

The Experience Rothamsted Programme

Experience Rothamsted is a work experience programme designed to give year 12 students a taste of what it is like to be an agricultural research scientist. Students accepted onto the programme will follow a varied timetable of activities, workshops and skills sessions during one week of the school Easter holidays.


  • Tours of science facilities.
  • Shadowing scientists in the field and in labs while learning about their work.
  • Presentations, workshops and discussion sessions around science issues and careers.
  • Networking with Rothamsted scientists, technicians, and staff as well as other year 12 students.


Experience Rothamsted moved online in 2021. Here is what the participants had to say:

“The ‘meet a scientist’ sessions were great! You don’t get many opportunities as a student to just have a chat with some scientists!”

“I gained massive amounts of advice for my future”

“The whole experience has made me want to become a research scientist even more than I did before”

How to Apply?

Details on how to apply for a place on the 2022 programme will be added shortly.

Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are still unsure whether we will be able to host students onsite next Spring. In that instance we will endeavour to move some, or all, of the Experience Rothamsted programme online.