Privacy Policy

The Sustainable Intensification Research Network website ( is owned and managed by the Sustainable Intensification Research Network project funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The project coordination team is based at Rothamsted Research and although the website is hosted externally, SIRN follows Rothamsted Research data protection procedures.

This privacy policy sets out how SIRN uses and protects any information that you give SIRN when you use this website.

SIRN is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

SIRN may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 25th May 2018.

What we collect

SIRN does not automatically collect personal information from visitors to this site, unless it is voluntarily provided during our membership and partners registrations.

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and job title
  • Contact information including geographic and email address
  • Areas of research and/or interest
  • Biography

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping to understand more about your areas of research, skills and expertise
  • We may use the information to improve our services
  • We may periodically send you emails and newsletter to the email address which you have provided
  • We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file that is stored on your computer and allows websites to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies allow websites to, among other things, remember if you have logged in or not, remember your preferences and tailor your experience of the website.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to meet our customer’s needs and expectations. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and the data is not personally-identifiable.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us and the data provided by your browser (i.e. what type of browser you are using).

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer; however, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the functionality of a website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to easily enable you to visit other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

SIRN may use such information provided in registrations to communicate with the user in the future (to the extent that is explained when visitors provide the information). If you contact us with an enquiry, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to us at SIRN, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ or emailing us at

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish for this to happen.

We will never share, sell or rent individual personal information with any third parties without your advance permission other than to comply with a legal obligation.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the General Data Protection Regulation or a copy of the information held on you please write to SIRN, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ.

If you believe that any information we are holding about you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


Updated on 22nd May 2018