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Jill Kowal 

Jill has spent the past 20 years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She joined the team as a horticulturalist and later worked in consultancy before moving into science research. Jill holds a diploma and master’s degree, as well as a PhD in biological sciences from Imperial College London.

Jill is passionate about research, and is currently focusing on how associations between plant roots and fungi can support rare species and diverse habitats. She enjoys working in partnership and bringing together scientists, horticulturists and communicators to shape policy and inspire future generations.

In her free time, Jill sits on the Board of Rambert Ballet. She also offers advice and support to the British arm of the Jerusalem Botanical Garden through her role as Co-chair. Closer to home, Jill is an active member of a local community garden.