About BioSS


Although formally a part of the James Hutton Institute, BioSS interacts scientifically with external organisations as if it were independent. This perceived independence is central to the success of BioSS: it is enshrined in recognition of the James Hutton Institute acting as "guardian" of the BioSS for its key stakeholders. The activities and development of BioSS are guided by a Strategic Planning Group which includes representation from all principal stakeholders.

Internal management of BioSS is led by a Director and a Head of Research. These are joined on the BioSS Management Group by two further Research Leaders, four Principal Consultants, an External Development Manager, Senior Business Development Officer, IT Manager and Administrative Officer to determine, implement and communicate strategic decisions. A number of working groups focus on specific issues to shape working practices within BioSS.

Distributed Staffing

BioSS employs over 30 staff in five locations to reflect the geographical distribution of the institutes we collaborate most closely with, and has its headquarters at the Kings Buildings, Edinburgh which is the science campus of the University of Edinburgh. This ensures BioSS staff work closely alongside scientists whilst maintaining a distinct profile.

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The principal funder of BioSS is the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS). Substantial additional funding for BioSS is secured each year from a wide range of sources from the public and private sectors, both national and international.


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BioSS has accreditations for ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).

We hold Investors in People Gold status and the Healthy Working Lives Silver Award.


As with all scientific organisations, the work of BioSS gets reviewed in many forms, including: by grant awarding bodies; by peer reviewers for scientific publications; and during external reviews at an organisational level. The reports of our most recent external reviews have described BioSS as "among the top UK groups for modern applied statistics" and "an already excellent organisation".


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