Industry Strengths & Expertise

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Industry Strengths & Expertise

Aberdeen has a history of academic excellence, innovation and scientific advances through its leading research centres and world class Universities.  Past inventions include the life-saving drug insulin, the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the discovery of partition chromatography.  The region boasts the highest concentration of health and life scientists anywhere in Europe and through collaboration with local industry and business leaders, Aberdeen continues to be a pioneering centre and driving force within the following research areas:

Marine, Environment and Agriculture

The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Agricultural College and Institute of Biological and Environment Science lead the way in marine and agricultural studies. Research in coastal and deep sea marine environments, ecosystems, climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty alleviation and food supplies dominate the work of our leading scientists. Aberdeen is home to the National Soil Archive. 

Health and Nutrition

The Rowett Institute, Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the Centre for Obesity Research & Epidemiology are internationally renowned for their work in nutrition, epidemiology, health psychology, respiratory and rural health. Aberdeen is a global leader in the areas of food security, food inequalities, obesity, pain management and mental health.

Medical Sciences

A custom built institute, the Suttie Centre, provides state of the art facilities for medical researchers and students.  Modern teaching of anatomy and medically-related sciences links the University of Aberdeen directly with NHS Grampian and is home to the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology & Medicine, the Mass Spectrometry and Analytical Facility, Aberdeen Proteomics Facility and Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre.

Oil & Gas and Renewables

As a leader in Oil & Gas training, innovation and research, the Robert Gordon University’s Oil & Gas Institute has an important reputation in related excellence.  The University’s research responds to cultural, environmental and economic challenges, working within sustained academic and non-academic partnerships focusing on innovative and practical solutions to industrial problems; these include renewable and sustainable energies, engineering, architecture and the built environment.


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