Impact is central to the mission of the University of Cambridge. Our world-leading research underpins a huge range of innovations which create prosperity, improve quality of life, protect the environment and enrich our culture. For over 800 years, we have contributed to society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. 

Here we present a selection of case studies that 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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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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Small is beautiful

From biotherapeutic discovery and bioproduction to cell therapy engineering and diagnostics, Cambridge technology based on making minute droplets is speeding up screening of single cells and their biological products.

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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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Clickable fashion

Reflecting on the hit and miss nature of online clothes shopping, a Cambridge graduate turned to Cambridge engineering researchers to develop a technological solution. The company they created is now changing the face of internet fashion retailing.

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From Lab to Fab

Two decades after spinning out from Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, Cavendish Kinetics is seeing years of research into quantum physics being translated into minute switches that could be used in billions of mobile phones around the world.

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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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