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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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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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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High flying materials

Thanks to a strong relationship, forged over two decades, Cambridge academics are helping UK aerospace leader Rolls-Royce deliver the next generation of innovative superalloys.

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Leading Lights

Since the 1980s, Cambridge researchers have pioneered the field of polymer semiconductors. Their discoveries have opened up a new scientific field and spun out into three new companies.

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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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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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