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.

 

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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.

 

Research Highlights from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country

Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country
Description
Older adults around the world are more willing to donate to charity than younger people, but will prioritise charitable organisations operating within their own country, new research finds.
Date:
12/10/2021

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales

Oldest theropod dinosaur in the UK discovered in southern Wales
Description
Scientists from the Natural History Museum and the University of Birmingham have described a new species of dinosaur from specimens found in a quarry in Pant-y-ffynnon in southern Wales.
Date:
06/10/2021

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere teaches old oaks new tricks
Description
Mature oak trees will increase their rate of photosynthesis by up to a third in response to the raised CO2 levels expected to be the world average by about 2050, new research shows.
Date:
04/10/2021

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered

Bizarre armoured spikes belong to oldest ankylosaur ever discovered
Description
An unusual fossil showing a series of spikes fused to a rib has been revealed to be the remains of the oldest ankylosaur ever found and the first from the African continent.
Date:
23/09/2021

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact

New undergraduate programmes addressing major global challenges and their impact
Description
The University of Birmingham's College of Life and Environmental Sciences has introduced new undergraduate programmes in Human Sciences and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability.
Date:
22/09/2021
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