Centres of Excellence

Our Centres of Excellence bring together a breadth of cross-disciplinary partners who serve as major catalysts to provide engagement with end-user.


Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI)

ECCI is a centre of excellence within the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. The centre is an inclusive hub for researchers, policy makers, businesses, students and educators. As such the ECCI community includes agencies who work to tackle climate change and experienced climate practitioners working on externally funded challenge driven projects. Our community also includes students studying climate change and those that teach them. We are therefore a collective of experts who deliver research, policy, education and training.

Edinburgh Climate Change Institute

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)


The EPCC has been an International centre for excellence in high-performance computing for over 25 years. In addition to providing world-class systems, data storage and support services for industry and science, the EPCC holds a global reputation for innovative and leading-edge high-performance computing research and delivers expert-led training in high-performance computing for engineers and scientists.

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)


The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) provides access to high-end analytical equipment and specialist expertise for research in Earth and environmental sciences. We maintain the UK’s most comprehensive suite of techniques for dating and tracing terrestrial processes, and our researchers apply them to problems in Earth history, environment reconstruction and ecology.

Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security (GAAFS)

GAAFS is an interdisciplinary hub of research within the University of Edinburgh, teaching and consulting expertise, to support decision making to transform agri-food systems and food security. Feeding the world’s growing population well, while protecting the natural systems on which we all depend, is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Over a third of the global population is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition – be that hunger, obesity or micronutrient deficiency. Agriculture, core to achieving food security, is both a key driver of environmental degradation, and extremely vulnerable to environmental change.  Achieving sustainable, healthy diets underpins many of the Sustainable Development Goals – especially those concerned with hunger, poverty, health, gender equality, land, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

The Bayes Centre

The Bayes Centre is the University of Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation Hub hosted by the College of Science and Engineering. Through activities across education, research, and innovation, the Centre works to power the interaction of people, data and systems, harnessing world-leading data science and AI research for the benefits of the economy and society.  The Centre will host up to 600 researchers, students and partner organisations from a variety of sectors, from healthcare to robotics. The multi-disciplinary nature of the Bayes community and its innovative approach to delivering real-world impact will allow the University support Edinburgh and South East Scotland in becoming world-class Data Capital of Europe by mobilising academic excellence in education and research, leveraging funding opportunities for translational research and developing strategic relationships with commercial and public sector partners.

The Bayes Centre