The Lyell Centre

About us

The Lyell Centre

The purpose-built facilities will enable the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) to build on their expertise in land and marine conservation, geology and geoscience.

Research themes

Working in a lab

The Lyell Centre's research themes are clustered in two main areas: applied geoscience and ecosystems science.

Mission and strategy


HWU and BGS have joined forces to create a new research centre for earth and marine science and technology.


Lyell Research Connect participants at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

More than 70 research leaders from Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey have taken part in a 'Research Connect' event as part of the research and innovation activities of the Lyell Centre.

Our reputation


The partnership has worked closely with their funders, in particular RCUK and EU research programmes, to develop relevant solutions to demanding challenges in marine, earth and ecosystem sciences.

New horizons

Groundwater sampling

The Lyell Centre is centrally positioned to catalyse and lead integrated and innovative research directions.


Innovation brain

Lyell Centre appointments for research leaders and research fellows.