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.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

ECCI accelerates our move to a zero carbon society by bringing people together and creating a hub of knowledge and expertise to kick-start new ideas and deliver groundbreaking projects.  We join forces with leading national and international organisations to deliver ambitious projects and grow low carbon businesses.  We work at the cutting edge of public policy, business and research to turn talk into action.  We're the leading low carbon hub for Scotland and beyond, driving cross-sector collaboration and effective action for a zero carbon world.  And we inspire people and ideas through award-winning, low carbon events and work space in our central Edinburgh base.

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.

To get in touch, visit the ECCI contact page


Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)

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 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.  SCCS undertakes strategic fundamental research and performs 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.              

To get in touch, visit the SCCS contact page.


Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR)

The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research analyses public sector data, using new data sources and novel methodologies to deliver cutting-edge applied research with real-world impact.  We work with partners to provide evidence-based insights to inform policy and practice for the benefit the public. 

Data sources include subjects such as housing, transport, welfare, health, social work, older people’s services, education and criminal justice systems.

To find out more about our current research projects please go to our website –

To get in touch, please email or @scadr_data.      



Scottish Consortium for Rural Research (SCRR)   

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.

To get in touch, visit the SCRR contact page.


International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs (ICCR)

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

To get in touch, visit the ICCR contact page


RiftVolc: past, present and future (RiftVolc)

This NERC funded project aims to research past and current volcanism and volcanic hazards in the central Main Ethiopian Rift. The seven 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.

To get in touch, visit the RiftVolc contact page.


Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES)   

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.

To get in touch, visit the SAGES contact page.


Edinburgh Seismic Research

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

To get in touch, visit the Edinburgh Seismic Research contact page.


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.

To get in touch, visit the CRESH contact page.


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

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.

To get in touch, visit the MASTS contact page.


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.

To get in touch, visit the NCEO contact page.


UK Geotraces

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

To get in touch, visit the UK Geotraces contact page.


Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC)

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

To get in touch, visit the EMMAC contact page.


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.

To get in touch, visit the SUERC contact page.


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.

To get in touch, visit the CSEC contact page.