School of GeoSciences

Working with business and industry

We work with a variety of partners and in a number of ways to support business goals.

Our Business Development Team also helps academics form and sustain industry-academic partnerships for innovation and collaborative research and development funding. 

For larger multi-disciplinary programmes, such as the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), for example, we work in cooperation with Edinburgh Innovations for wider access to University expertise, facilities and resources. 

Our most common models of collaboration include: We are broadly working across the following key themes:
Sponsored research Geoenergy
Government-funded collaborative R&D programmes Space and satellites
Consultancy Digital health and the environment 
Studentships Supporting the net-zero transition   
Knowledge transfer partnerships  
Commercialisation, licensing and company spin-out  


Contact our Director of Industrial Engagement

Professor Andrew Curtis

  Chair of Mathematical Geoscience


PhD training, research and access to talent

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We help businesses gain access to research talent and capacity

Space and satellites innovation programme

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The University of Edinburgh is a Space University, with researchers and staff working in an extraordinary range of space-related activities.

The University and networks

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We work closely with key stakeholder across the University, to ensure cross-sectoral collaboration and sharing of knowledge and resources.

Example projects

Read about some of our projects, where we benefit society and the economy by helping researchers, students and industry drive innovation.

Equipment and facilities

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Many of our world-class facilities are available for commercial use or on a consultancy basis.

If you are interested in using our equipment and facilities, please view our research and facilities information.

Research facilities

Contact our Business Development Team

Stuart Simmons

Business Development Executive 

Kristina Tamane

Space and Satellites Business Development Executive 

Edinburgh Innovations

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Edinburgh Innovations is the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.

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