Policy, Industry and Society

Our policy, industry and society partners ensure research excellence is aimed at delivering key policy objectives for the UK.

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The Met Office

The Met Office is recognised as one of the world's most accurate forecasters, using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. These are delivered to a huge range of customers from the Government, to businesses, the general public, armed forces, and other organisations.

Met Office

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)


The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment. As an organisation with a strong science base, we constantly assess the quality of our environment by monitoring our air, land and water and use our findings to advise government, industry and the public on environmental best practice. We help business and industry to understand and comply with their environmental responsibilities and legislation and have a range of enforcement powers which we can apply to ensure that regulations are complied with.

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

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Carbomap are 3D mapping specialists. They have an international reputation in remote sensing methodologies; LiDAR forest mapping, satellite radar mapping, flood risk mapping; as well as managing airborne and UAV surveys. They are leading this emerging market, having worked with government agencies, NGO’s and research institutes.


Space Intelligence

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Space Intelligence provides maps of forests, deforestation and forest degradation. Based on a foundation of world-class science, the company was formed in response to the growing number of requests for satellite data analysis in the private and public sectors. We have research and consultancy experience across the tropics, with projects undertaken in Africa, Asia and the Americas.  They also undertake work closer to home, having conducted landscape analysis for the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Industrial Strategy, and more recently with the Forestry Commission here in Scotland.

Space Intelligence

National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

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The National Physical Laboratory delivers world-leading measurement solutions that are critical to research and development, and support business and academic success across the UK and the globe. Support for this DTP will come via the Post Graduate Institute for Measurement science (PGI).  The PGI was developed through a strategic partnership between the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the universities of Strathclyde and Surrey. The PGI connects industry and academia to the UK’s national measurement capability and expertise, offering models of engagement, training and connection to DTP students. Further details can be found here.

National Physical Laboratory

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National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

NTS is the largest member organisation in Scotland. As a conservation charity, we’re supported by more than 380,000 members and are funded largely by donations. Since 1931 our love for Scotland has fuelled our desire to protect the things that make it special. By championing Scotland’s natural, built and cultural heritage we inspire those around us. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we encourage people to connect with the things that make Scotland unique while protecting them for future generations.

National Trust for Scotland

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)

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For the past 50 years, the Trust has been successfully championing the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

Scottish Wildlife Trust


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The RSPB is now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves. 

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

The British Trust for Ornithology is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers.

British Trust for Ornithology

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National Museums of Scotland (NMS)

With over 10 million specimens, National Museums Scotland holds the second largest natural science collection in the UK. These provide a basis for a wide spectrum of research programs in the geological and biological sciences. NMS has broad curatorial expertise and a range of basic analytical equipment such as XRD, XRF and SEM with EDS.

National Museums of Scotland

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Forest Research (FR)

Forest Research is Great Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree related research and is internationally renowned for the provision of evidence and scientific services in support of sustainable forestry.

Forest Research

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Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

Scottish Natural Heritage promotes, cares for and improves Scotland’s natural heritage. We enable a greater awareness of nature and help people to enjoy nature responsibly. Looking to the future, we promote the sustainable use of natural assets now.

Scottish Natural Heritage

Confor - Confederation of Forest Industry

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Confor is a not-for-profit organisation that works and lobbies on behalf of the private forestry and wood sector. We represent the whole forestry and wood ‘supply chain’ and focus on the strategic issues that are vital to the success and sustainable future of the sector. These include helping build the market for wood and forest products, creating a supportive policy environment, and helping members to become more competitive and successful.


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RSKW provide management and technical consultancy solutions to the utilities, energy, rail and industrial sectors. We believe it is essential to deliver our niche services using specialists with a serious depth of experience and innovative skills. Our services include specialist advice, project management, project delivery, field services, research and development and business improvement consultancy.