ERPE Research Challenges

The research undertaken delivered within the ERPE has had a significant impact in addressing the global challenges that exists today. The breadth of experitise from researchers in both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University has facilitated world leading knowledge transfer from academia into the society, improving lives and the surrounding environment.


  • Responding to the climate emergency by developing technology and informing policy to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon future
  • Synthesising and applying next-generation materials and processes to healthcare and manufacture for healthier living
  • Creating a smarter, safer world using data- and communications-driven innovation and by increasing the autonomy of robotic and artificially intelligent systems
  • Making the urban and rural infrastructure and environment safer and healthier