University of Glasgow – Research – Research units A-Z – Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment – About SCENE


‌The Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), which was founded in 1946, has now been transformed in a £7M re-development that replaces and expands its facilities for research and teaching.

New SCENE BuildingEnvironmental research is increasingly important in the face of rapid changes in climate, population growth, land use and the spread of infectious diseases. Research at SCENE combines the multi-disciplinary strengths of scientists from within the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, and the wider College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. Building on this expertise, we strive to manage and mitigate environmental change through fundamental and applied research, and by educating and inspiring a new generation of environmental minds.

ElectrofishingWe are delighted about our new state-of-the art facilities which put us in an excellent position to take on the challenges posed by environmental change. As solutions can only be found through lively exchange and collaboration, we invite citizens, scientists, stakeholders and policy-makers to make the best possible use of the new opportunities at SCENE. Our outstanding new facilities would not have been possible without the engagement, support, and generous donations of countless members of the public. 

SCENE is situated in the spectacular natural setting of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Come and see us for one of our events, or learn about our activities at Science Sunday during the Glasgow Science Festival.

These activities are supported through the Wellcome Trust, in conjunction with the BBSRC initiative “Sparking Impact”.

Picture of the Donor Wall in the Harry Slack

This is the Donor wall in the Harry Slack Building, acknowledging the enormous contribution that philanthropic donors have made to the future of teaching and research in field ecology and the environmental sciences in Scotland.


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