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.

    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 utilise cutting edge technology and multidisciplinary 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.

 

 Life and Environmental Sciences news

3D scanning of sandstone fossil reveals oldest known record of amphibian tracks in the UK

3D scanning of sandstone fossil reveals oldest known record of amphibian tracks in the UK
Description
A new paper has revealed an ancient trackway, found imprinted on a block of sandstone from the base of Hardraw Force Waterfall in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, is the oldest record of amphibian tracks in the UK.
Date:
13/12/2019

Fellowship via AXA Research Fund Announcement

Fellowship via AXA Research Fund Announcement
Description
Professor Jessica Woodhams and Dr Fazeelat Duran have been successful in securing Fellowship via AXA Research Fund.
Date:
06/12/2019

Rapid test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia to be developed by University of Birmingham spinout

Rapid test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia to be developed by University of Birmingham spinout
Description
Rapid test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia to be developed by University of Birmingham spinout
Date:
25/11/2019

Link between inflammation and mental sluggishness shown in new study

Link between inflammation and mental sluggishness shown in new study
Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam have uncovered a possible explanation for the mental sluggishness that often accompanies illness.
Date:
15/11/2019

Evolution can reconfigure gene networks to deal with environmental change

Evolution can reconfigure gene networks to deal with environmental change
Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have unravelled the genetic mechanisms behind tiny waterfleas' ability to adapt to increased levels of phosphorus pollution in lakes.
Date:
14/11/2019
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