The Lyell Centre

About us

The Lyell Centre

The Lyell Centre is a joint collaboration between the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University, which builds on our individual and combined expertise in land and marine conservation, geology and geoscience.

Mission and strategy


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


Northern Lights

We’re taking part in Doors Open Days on 26 & 27 September.
Find out about and attend our events.

Research themes

Working in a lab

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

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.