Making waves

We were at the heart of one of the most exciting discoveries of the century, changing how we observe the universe. Einstein’s last unproven theory was confirmed when ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, were detected for the first time. 

illustration of gravitational waves

Our scientists played a leading role. We led the design and supply of the sensitive mirror suspensions at the core of the detectors which picked up the signal of two black holes merging 1.3 billion years ago. It was a historic moment, and the result of decades of work with scientists around the world.

Phenomenal dedication. Uncompromising curiosity. Hanging in against the odds. Our people are pushing the boundaries.

With this kind of enduring dedication and curiosity, we are pushing the boundaries of knowledge. And, most importantly, we focus on how our research can have a positive impact on the world. Here’s how. 

We are a driving force in precision medicine. Through the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre we will pioneer the most effective treatments for chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis, stroke and heart disease.

Recognising that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected has driven our one-health approach to global health issues, such as the spread of zoonotic diseases. This could mean a world where no humans die from rabies is within our reach.

From healthcare to transport to housing we are focused on understanding local and global inequalities, their impact on individuals and communities, and the effectiveness of policies to address them. 

We are exploring the huge possibilities in nano and quantum technology. This includes testing the limits of imaging devices, creating tiny technologies with big implications and delving into the possibilities of quantum information.  

Through our research we are engaging with all aspects of cultural life and its heritage. Our status as an international hub for innovation in art and culture is reflected in our impact on the creative economy in film production, cultural policy, performance, creative writing and art history.  

Over our 565-year history, our people have been at the forefront of world-changing research. Today, our inspiring people continue to change the world for the better.