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New earth and marine science research centre planned

The British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University are to work together to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.

The Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be located in Edinburgh and is aiming to be one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

The £17M initiative is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt University.

“I view the creation of the new Centre as an extraordinary opportunity to broaden our science base by partnering in key areas with Heriot-Watt University, in particular in geology and geophysics related to energy, urban renewal and the sea-floor,” said BGS executive director John Ludden.

The purpose-built centre is due to open in 2015 when the BGS will move its Edinburgh offices to the site.

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