Our staff are involved in many different research centres and project consortia involving universities and other institutions around the globe.

Our research centres facilitate research programmes across disciplines and between institutions.Laboratory


Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)     LOGO


ECCI is a hub for the knowledge, innovation and skills required to create a low carbon economy. Located in Edinburgh, Scotland’s political centre and capital city, and building upon the best ideas from around the world, the ECCI provides the place and space for ‘low carbon leaders’ and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together to deliver a low carbon future.

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, the Edinburgh Centre creates a unique platform for supporting Government policy implementation; enhancing business enterprise and innovation; and delivering professional skills training.

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)   logo


Led by the School of GeoSciences, this is the largest such grouping in the UK, with world-class expertise in hydrocarbon geoscience, industrial scale chemical engineering, carbon capture and innovative CO2 use and power plant design.

SCCS is the largest carbon capture and storage research group in the UK. Our internationally renowned researchers provide connected strength across the full CCS chain. With our unique position SCCS is able to act as a conduit between academia, industry and government.

We are able to provide a single point of coordination for all aspects of CCS research ranging from capture engineering and geoscience, to social perceptions and environmental impact, through to law and petroleum economics.

SCCS has access to cutting-edge experimental and analytical facilities, expertise in field studies, modelling and simulation, key academic and research personnel to accelerate the development of CO2 transportation, capture and subsurface storage. We undertake strategic fundamental research and perform a key role in providing impartial advice to industry, the public sector, government agencies, and policy makers.

SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University working together with universities across Scotland.


Administrative Data Research Centre - Scotland            ADRC Scotland


The Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland provides state-of-the-art facilities to allow secure access to a wide range of de-identified administrative data by accredited researchers. This includes subjects such as housing, transport, welfare, health, social work, older people’s services, education and criminal justice systems.

Economic and social research improves our knowledge and understanding of the society we live in. It provides a sound base for policy makers to decide how to tackle a range of complex social, economic, environmental and health issues.



Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics (ERPem)

ERPem, a consortium involving the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, is organised into six Joint Research Institutes (JRIs) dedicated to world-class research, innovation and education in engineering and mathematical science.



Scottish Consortium for Rural Research       scrr logo

SCRR (formerly the Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research) is a consortium of organisations active in research into land, freshwater, coastal and marine resources, and their uses - including farming, forestry, aquaculture and recreation.

SCRR helps its member organisations to work together, promoting communication, discussion and collaboration.

It also provides an accessible source of expertise and information on scientific matters affecting Scotland, its people and its natural heritage.


International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs

A strategic alliance between Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities investigating the recovery of hydrocarbons from carbonate reservoirs.


Ethiopian Main Rift Volcanism

This NERC funded project aims to research past and current volcanism and volcanic hazards in the central Main Ethiopian Rift. The five year long project started in September 2014 and includes the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds as well as Addis Ababa University and the Geological Survey of Ethiopia.



Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES)      SAGES logo


SAGES pools world-leading expertise in geoscience and environmental science from across Scotland’s research base, creating an multi-disciplinary alliance at the forefront of earth and environmental research. We are a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, SAMS UHI, SUERC, and the West of Scotland.


Edinburgh Seismic Research

A federation of research groups forming the UK’s largest group of scientists involved in exploration geophysics.


Centre for Research on Environment, Society, and Health (CRESH)

CRESH Fosters collaborations between scientists whose research is focused on exploring how physical and social environments can influence health.


The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)      logo

The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) is a consortium of organisations engaged in marine science and represents the majority of Scotland's marine research capacity.

The overall objective of MASTS is to facilitate better communication, collaboration and co-ordination within the marine research community whilst ensuring that Scottish marine science receives international recognition.

MASTS also provides an academic platform and knowledge base for marine governance and commerce by contributing to the Scottish Marine Science Strategy. This Strategy will help to deliver 'Clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long-term needs of people and nature'.

The work of MASTS currently falls into a number of key activites: 1) Research; 2) Communication; 3) Graduate School; 4) Resources and 5) Representation.


The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)

The NCEO is a partnership of scientists and institutions who are using data from Earth observation satellites to monitor global and regional changes in the environment.


UK Geotraces

The UK part of an international consortium founded to understand the oceanic cycles of key trace elements and isotopes.


Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre

Providing integrated and interdisciplinary facilities for the application of microbeam analytical techniques to material analysis.


Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)

The SUERC is a collaborative facility operated by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh it provides world-class analytical facilities and hosts several national NERC facilities.


Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC)

The aim of the CSEC is to promote the study of materials at extremes of pressure and temperature and in electromagnetic fields.


This article was published on Dec 18, 2015