ACES is an informal network of researchers interested in environmental sustainability from the University of Aberdeen, James Hutton Institute and Robert Gordons University.

ACES was founded in 2007 as an initiative that would bring together the best researchers working on environmental sustainability across the University of Aberdeen and The Macaulay Institute. Our remit was to facilitate new, high-impact, interdisciplinary environmental research collaborations. We have also run training on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods, knowledge exchange and research impact and in 2011 ACES organised its first international conference on the theme of conservation conflicts.

After achieving its main goals and with the institutionalisation of new sustainability themes at both the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute (into which The Macaulay Institute had been incorporated), ACES continues as an informal collaboration. We continue to promote knowledge sharing and new research collaborations, mainly through our weekly informal discussions (usually on Friday mornings at 11 AM, see 'Events'), and occasionally through other events. We usually have hot desk facilities available for those who want to spend time working at the ACES offices.