Our Future Makers
Our multi-disciplinary, award-winning research shapes the future by building capacity and capability.
The sustainability of construction and demolition has long been a research focus for engineer, and pioneer in sustainable construction, Professor Gabriela Medero.
Engineering systems are increasingly being used autonomously, making decisions and taking actions without human intervention.
Securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for the future is vital - and one multidisciplinary research team believes that carbonated reservoirs could hold the solutions to this this.
World-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business. Our multi-disciplinary, award-winning research shapes the future by building capacity and capability.
Heriot-Watt University was ranked the 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.REF 2014
The National Robotarium
A world-leading centre, creating innovative solutions to global challenges through pioneering research, delivering substantial benefits for society.
Leading experts across our research specialisms are already positioned to accelerate decarbonisation and energy transition to reach Net Zero.
The Lyell Centre
The Lyell Centre is an inspired fusion of Earth and marine geosciences and technology, created in partnership with the British Geological Survey.
Our Economic Recovery Prospectus illustrates our dedication to supporting the global recovery efforts in relation to Covid-19.
Our frontier research coupled with our interdisciplinary approach and close collaboration with research users has direct impact on real-world problems.
82% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent.REF 2014
We are research leaders across key Blue Economy sectors from aquaculture and marine biotechnology to tourism, energy and marine renewables.
Our £35M Quantum Technology funding portfolio is one of the largest in Scotland with 400 outputs cited in the top 10% articles in the world.
Our construction research has no boundaries, spanning core expertise and transferrable research from Infrastructure and Environment to Robotics.
The Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research plays a pivotal role in UK and international efforts to address extreme disadvantage.
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Ideas and solutions
Since 1821 we have been at the forefront of new ideas and solutions, creating radical innovations that make a difference in the real world.
Working with the public is vital to Heriot-Watt's mission to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society.
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