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.

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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Better sensors, cleaner air

As poor air quality threatens human and environmental health across the world, research at Cambridge is giving regulators and local communities new tools to tackle pollution.

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