Redundancies at famous Harpenden science lab

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 19 July 2018

Rothamsted research, who collated the data. Photo: Danny Loo.

Rothamsted research, who collated the data. Photo: Danny Loo.


An undisclosed number of people are being made redundant at a famous Harpenden research lab.

Director and chief executive at Rothamsted Research, Achim Dobermann.Director and chief executive at Rothamsted Research, Achim Dobermann.

Rothamsted Research has confirmed it will be making employees redundant but has not released any further details.

A spokesperson said: “Rothamsted Research is making normal and small internal adjustments that take place often in organisations and companies as they evolve.

“This is a necessary process to help to ensure that our research focus stays sharp, that we keep costs in line with our long-term financial goals and that we can continue to carry out the world-class research for which Rothamsted is renowned.”

St Albans district council (SADC) recently rejected an 1,000 home development site put forward by Rothamsted for the city’s Local Plan.

In a statement at the time of the proposal, director and chief executive of Rothamsted Achim Dobermann said income from the development would help to secure the lab’s future.

He said: “Pressures on funding and research grants continue. We need to consider all options to safeguard the continued sustainability and success of Rothamsted Research.”

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