Stronger links with science lab

Scientists at the University are to benefit from a formal partnership agreed with the National Physical Laboratory.

The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NPL, the UK's national measurement facility.

NPL is regarded as a world leader in measurement and standardisation.

Both parties have agreed to intensify their existing collaborative relationship, to create a formal partnership.

Joint studies

We hope to develop other strategic partnerships with key industry partners.

Professor Lesley YellowleesHead of College of Science and Engineering

Members of the existing collaboration between the University and NPL are already working towards joint appointments, joint bids for funding and opportunities in research.

A study is ongoing to highlight potential areas for collaboration.

Joint opportunities may exist in astrobiology, sensors, synthetic biology, carbon measurement or advanced materials characterisation.

Key partnerships

This activity is part of the University's wider ambition to develop strategic relationships with key operators in industry.

The memorandum was signed by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University, and Dr Brian Bowsher, Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory.

This Memorandum of Understanding is a clear sign of our progress towards a strategic relationship with the National Physical Laboratory.

Ian SharpCommercial Relationship Manager, University of Edinburgh

This is a fantastic opportunity for NPL, strengthening our strategic links with the University and sharing our expertise and world-class scientific research.

Brian BowsherManaging Director, National Physical Laboratory