The Natural Sciences Department of National Museums Scotland aims to preserve and interpret the natural world, both past and present.  Our collections support a wealth of scientific research to support national and international conservation, making our findings accessible to all.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in plant biodiversity research and biodiversity conservation. We work with partners at home and abroad to understand, educate and conserve plant diversity.


NatureScot promotes, cares for and improves Scotland’s natural heritage.  The development and application of high-quality scientific research is central to our delivery of public services and to the development of long-term sustainable conservation policy for Scotland.


ECOS extends across the university’s schools, enabling access to natural and social sciences, and a range of conservation tools and technologies.  The university is an internationally renowned teaching institute, offering multiple post-graduate training courses in applied conservation science.