Research in Life and Environmental Sciences

Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging advances in human and environmental health.

 

Inaugural Lectures

 

Our world-leading collaborative research areas and facilities include:

  • Environmental Sciences

    We focus on the major environmental science challenges such as air pollution and health, climate change, extreme weather events, and the safety of chemicals and nanomaterials.

  • Microbiology and Infection

    With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world, we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

  • Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

    We use cutting edge technology and expertise to collectively advance the assessment of patients with spinal pain through the development of new assessment tools.

  • Centre for Human Brain Health

    We are an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.

  • Institute for Mental Health

    We are ensuring a sustained impact on public policy and practice, translating research in neuroscience to improvements in treatment, and improving the care and outcomes of those suffering from problems in their mental health.

  • Water Sciences

    Our research is essential to sustainably manage the supply and use of water, provide a healthy environment and enhance resilience of ecosystems and people to water-related risks in a changing world.

  • The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

    Providing fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living.

  • Enabling Technologies

    These research areas are all underpinned by our Enabling Technologies. We continually invest in resources so our researchers are able to pursue their ideas, undertake research and transfer their knowledge to create global impact.

 

Research Highlights from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Air pollution significantly reduces pollination by confusing butterflies and bees

Air pollution significantly reduces pollination by confusing butterflies and bees
Description
Common air pollutants from both urban and rural environments may be reducing the pollinating abilities of insects by preventing them sniffing out the crops and wildflowers that depend on them, new research has shown.
Date:
21/01/2022

Powerful volcanic blast not the cause for 2018 Indonesian island collapse – new research

Powerful volcanic blast not the cause for 2018 Indonesian island collapse – new research
Description
The collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano resulted from long-term destabilising processes, and was not triggered by changes in the magmatic system that could have been detected by current monitoring.
Date:
17/01/2022

Greenspace outside prison walls has a positive effect on prisoner wellbeing

Greenspace outside prison walls has a positive effect on prisoner wellbeing
Description
Prisoners who are incarcerated in buildings located in green areas are less likely to engage in self-harming or violent behaviours, new research shows.
Date:
13/01/2022

€1.5M grant will enable research into why and when we help others

€1.5M grant will enable research into why and when we help others
Description
A University of Birmingham psychologist has been awarded a prestigious grant from the European Research Council to investigate why and when people make decisions to help others.
Date:
10/01/2022

Fossil research affected by significant colonial bias, study finds

Fossil research affected by significant colonial bias, study finds
Description
The fossil record, which documents the history of life on Earth, is heavily biased by influences such as colonialism, history and global economics, according to experts at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
06/01/2022
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