Bringing together the SCRI and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in April 2011, The James Hutton Institute combines strengths from both of the organizations to make contributions on the national stage. The Institute focuses on soils, crops, land use, and environmental research and aims to improve, develop, promote, and solve the understanding of key global issues, including environmental security, energy, and food. The Institute has numerous offices and sites, with two main sites in Dundee and Aberdeen. With over 600 scientists and supporting staff, the Institute is an internationally-networked and recognized organisation with one of the United Kingdom's largest research centres and the first of its type in Europe. The James Hutton Institute works closely with the Scottish Government as one of its main research providers in crop, environmental, and food science, which includes an important role in the knowledge economy of Scotland. Finally, The Institute raises understanding and awareness of both crop-based science and general science to post-secondary students and the public.