Earth and Planetary Sciences Institute
The Earth and Planetary Science Research Institute is united by a desire to understand the physical processes, properties and history of the planet on a fundamental level, which continue to shape the world in which we live.
Earth science is fast becoming one of the most crucial scientific disciplines of the 21st Century as humanity struggles to balance environmental protection and economic progress on a finite and fragile planet.
Through the Institute, we conduct world-class research and provide outstanding, forward-looking training for the next generation of Earth scientists to deliver our vision of contributing solutions to the most pressing problems facing society. We deal with topics from the formation of the Earth billions of years ago to the development of hydrogen storage technologies which will provide the clean energy sources for the future.
Earth science at the University of Edinburgh has an unmatched pedigree, stretching back to James Hutton founding modern geology in the 18th Century. We continue to build on that legacy today, providing a stimulating and supportive environment where staff and students are challenged to extend our knowledge of the Earth and solve our most important problems.
Our research groups
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, academic staff may belong to one or more groups across our School institutes.
Crust to Core
Edinburgh Earth Resources
Geobiology and Geochemistry
Our work is underpinned by the outstanding expertise of our staff and exceptional research facilities.