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.

A Quantum Leap

Developing new materials – or improving existing ones – is a time-consuming process of trial and error. Thanks to CASTEP, software developed at Cambridge and based on quantum mechanics is taking the guess work out of R&D.

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Lighting up virtual worlds

By taking a branch of mathematics more often associated with astrophysics and applying it to computer gaming, Cambridge researchers have transformed how games are lit, and their spinout company Geomerics has now been acquired by ARM.

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