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

International network to investigate the 'long shadow' of humanitarian conflict

International network to investigate the 'long shadow' of humanitarian conflict
Description
A grant of £2.1M has been awarded to the University of Birmingham to develop an international network that will commission research on humanitarian protection law and policy.
Date:
20/11/2020

New project examines the impact of counterterrorism measures on residents' everyday experience in European cities

New project examines the impact of counterterrorism measures on residents' everyday experience in European cities
Description
A new research project starting in January 2021 aims to provide an unprecedented international comparison of how counterterrorism and urban security change the everyday experiences of residents in European cities.
Date:
12/11/2020

Plague and pandemic - filming in a time of COVID with Professor Alice Roberts

Plague and pandemic - filming in a time of COVID with Professor Alice Roberts
Description
Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham explains what it's been like, getting back to filming during COVID.
Date:
06/11/2020

Pterosaurs undergo dental examination to reveal clues about diets and lifestyles

Pterosaurs undergo dental examination to reveal clues about diets and lifestyles
Description
Researchers used dental microwear analysis to look at the wear patterns still visible on the teeth of 17 different species of pterosaur
Date:
28/10/2020

Sami Ullah Appointed to the Nutrient Management Expert Group at DEFRA

Sami Ullah Appointed to the Nutrient Management Expert Group at DEFRA
Description
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) appointed Sami Ullah, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences as an advisor to join the Nutrient Management Expert Group (NMEG) at DEFRA.
Date:
27/10/2020
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