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.

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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Super Bainite

The result of 30 years of Cambridge research, Super Bainite is the world's first bulk nanostructured metal.

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Biobullets

By developing BioBullets – an elegant and environmentally-sensitive way of controlling one of the world's most invasive freshwater pests – University of Cambridge scientists will help utility companies save millions of pounds.

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The Power of Pits

Thanks to the groundbreaking Higher Education Field Academy, thousands of secondary school students have been inspired to aim higher by Cambridge archaeologists.

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Energy market regulation

Research from Cambridge Judge Business School’s Dr Michael Pollitt and Dr Stephen Littlechild has been instrumental in developing a new system of regulation which encourages engagement with customers.

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Biosensor boost for diabetics

Thanks to her innovative research on electrochemical sensors and the Institute of Biotechnology’s entrepreneurial approach, Professor Lisa Hall’s team have helped revolutionise the way diabetics monitor their blood glucose.

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