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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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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Racing the wild

Computer games played for fun seem poles apart from the serious business of social science research. Now, geographers at Cambridge are exploring the role of gaming in biodiversity conservation.

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