Edinburgh Conservation Science (ECOS) is a consortium of world-class research organisations dedicated to the translation and application of science to conservation. We provide an interface between the scientific and conservation communities, maximising the impact of fundamental research and supporting access for wildlife and environmental managers to a range of scientific and medical technologies and expertise.

We welcome interaction with providers and end-users of conservation science. Please feel free to contact us if you have ideas or enquiries about the application of science to conservation practice or policy, or if you have training needs in this area.

Our Vision

Conservation practice, policy and training throughout the world are informed by accessible, high quality, integrated science.


To provide a Centre of Excellence for Applied Conservation Science, integrating multi-disciplinary science, practice and policy, and providing leadership for innovative transdisciplinary responses to global challenges in conservation and ecosystem health.


  • Deliver innovative contributions to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem health, through world class education, research and practice in conservation science.
  • Bring together conservation scientists through international collaborative educational, research and delivery programmes to develop and apply effective and sustainable responses to global challenges in conservation and ecosystem health
  • Translate and apply fundamental research outputs to maximise the impact of science and medicine from Edinburgh institutions.
  • Achieve national and international recognition of ECOS as a unique source of unequalled expertise in conservation science
  • Undertake and promote relevant high quality conservation science research, for direct application in achieving global conservation objectives, and to inform and influence conservation policy.
  • Educate and inspire the conservation scientists of the future through our postgraduate training programmes

Edinburgh Conservation Science is supported by a University of Edinburgh Innovation Initiative Grant