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.

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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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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From Tudor history to world development

With interdisciplinarity increasingly encouraged, sometimes simply addressing academics beyond the confines of one’s own discipline can create significant impact, as Cambridge historian Professor Simon Szreter found when he decided to publish a paper

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