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Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust


The land underneath Dynamic Earth used to be owned by the brewer, Scottish and Newcastle in a rundown part of Edinburgh that would be unrecognisable today. During a period of corporate consolidation in the late 1980s Scottish & Newcastle decided to donate the land to the city and the country.

By the middle of 1990 two key Edinburgh University scientists, Sandy Crosbie (geographer) and Gordon Craig (geologist) saw the opportunity to tell the story of our planet and the environment in the context of Scottish scientific discoveries. Sitting next to an extinct volcano, and at the end of the Royal Mile, a glacial crag and tail feature, this story has relevance and resonance that continues to this day.

Dynamic Earth is still the only science centre in the world dedicated exclusively to Earth and environmental science. Our vision is: “To excite and engage people of all ages towards understanding how the Earth works: this small blue planet hanging in the infinity of space is our only home.” Today, Dynamic Earth continues to be more relevant than ever – as the challenges facing our planet become more evident and complex.

“We believe that scientific understanding is a powerful catalyst for change. We aim to inspire an interest in the science at the heart of the major challenges we face from environmental change; and encourage people to think about our collective responsibility for the planet and its future.”

Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director, Dynamic Earth.

Our centre in Edinburgh takes visitors on a journey, showing how our Earth works, how life has evolved in its differing environments and the future challenges it faces. Key to our work is our Science Learning Service, which provides curriculum-linked programmes for schools and professional development for teachers; as well as Community and Outreach programmes, which provide quality science engagement for remote and disadvantaged groups all across Scotland.

We are a charitable trust that works on a not for profit basis, and as such we rely on the kind support of donors and funders to continue this important work.

Find out more about our history and work here.

Current Trustees of Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust include the following individuals:

  • Professor Sir Pete Downes, Chairman
  • David Cochrane
  • Gary Davis
  • Colin Graham
  • Malcolm Thoms
  • The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh
  • John Simpson, CEO of Dynamic Earth