BioSS specialises in the development and application of the quantitative methods needed to enhance scientific knowledge and impact.

Our Vision is: "to improve science & society through an understanding of variation, uncertainty and risk"

We are recognised internationally for our work at the interface between the mathematically-based sciences and a wide span of applied sciences covering agriculture and the rural economy, the environment, food and health.

Our principal funder is the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS).

We are one of the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI), working collectively to deliver a portfolio of strategic research and translational activities commissioned by RESAS.

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BioSS has an international reputation for its research in biomathematics and statistics and can draw on a wide range of expertise and experience... More »

BioSS is unique in the UK for combining in a single organisation a wide breadth both of methodological expertise and of experience in the application... More »

BioSS BioSS works closely with its collaborators and end-users to ensure the relevance of its activities, placing particular emphasis on understanding... More »


Where We Are

where we are

BioSS is located in five research centres in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Ayr. This reflects the geographical distribution of the institutes we collaborate most closely with. Our headquarters are at the Kings Buildings, Edinburgh which is the science campus of the University of Edinburgh. More »

Training for Scientists

trainingsessionBioSS has a well established suite of training courses. These courses allowing participants to improve their understanding of quantitative methods, to extend their ability to implement these methods using computer packages, and to develop their knowledge of non-standard situations which require expert intervention. More »

Postgraduate Research & Training

trainingsessionBioSS’s PhD programme plays an important role in training future generations of quantitative scientists. The research environment we provide in partnership with our co-supervisors allows students to develop their statistical, mathematical and computational skills in the face of challenging applications. More »