Impact is central to the mission of the University of Cambridge. For over 800 years, we have contributed to society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. Our world-leading research underpins a huge range of innovations which create prosperity, improve quality of life, protect the environment and enrich our culture.

Here we present a selection of case studies to show how Cambridge research has changed the world.

Chasing the Cuckoo

The UK’s cuckoo population has fallen by 70% over the last 25 years. Birds migrate to western Africa for the winter, where they inhabit landscapes that are undergoing rapid economic and environmental transition.

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Impacting the national debate on obesity

Professor Theresa Marteau and her team conducted a Cochrane systematic review producing conclusive evidence that people consume more food and drink when offered larger-sized portions, packages or tableware.

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Shaping WHO vaccination guidelines

Dr Caroline Trotter and her team at Cambridge’s Department of Veterinary Medicine have used mathematical modelling to help ensure that World Health Organisation guidelines provide the most robust and effective approach to meningitis vaccinations.

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Healing the ozone hole

Global problems such as the hole in the ozone layer demand global solutions. By providing crucial evidence on ozone depletion and the substances responsible, researchers at the Department of Chemistry have helped tackle a global environmental threat.

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Imaging basalt

Much of the world’s remaining oil and gas is locked under basalt, a rock that has baffled those attempting to ‘see’ through it. Now, thanks to new techniques developed at Cambridge, imaging beneath basalt is opening up vital new hydrocarbon reserves.

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Conservation in practice

We take for granted the fact that medicine is based on the best scientific evidence. In conservation, however, practice has often been based on anecdote and experience.

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