New £17m research centre for Heriot Watt

New university research centre is joint venture.Picture: Kate Gillon

New university research centre is joint venture.Picture: Kate Gillon

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Heriot-Watt University and the The British Geological Survey today announced they are joining forces to create a new £17million centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based in Edinburgh, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt University, The Sir Charles Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.

BGS is relocating its Edinburgh office to the purpose-built complex which is scheduled to open by 2015 at Heriot-Watt’s campus.

Incubator space for spin‐out and spin‐in companies looking to work with Heriot‐Watt and BGS staff will sit alongside the Centre’s office, research and communal space.