University of Sheffield unveils pioneering research flagships

University of Sheffield unveils pioneering research flagships

 May 21, 2019

The University of Sheffield is a very exciting place to be and now is a great time to join the institution as four new flagship research institutes are launched to help drive key research on a global scale through the use of state-of-the-art facilities and expert teams.

Women working with the university’s flagship research institutes have the opportunity to address some of the biggest world-wide problems through real-world solutions using pioneering research and collaboration.

The University of Sheffield has a long-standing and world leading reputation for research excellence that helps influence policy and change lives. The four research institutes build on the university’s impressive reputation in cutting-edge research.

The University of Sheffield’s new Energy Institute, Healthy Lifespan Institute, Neuroscience Institute and Institute for Sustainable Food will bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers who are passionate and focused on making a difference through real-life impact.

The four flagship research institutes will focus on some of the most urgent challenges facing humanity today including clean energy generation, sustainable food, improving health and quality of life.

Committed to inspiring and encouraging women throughout their careers

The University of Sheffield’s Director of the Neuroscience Institute, Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, is passionate about the work the university is doing to tackle global challenges.

She says: "The University of Sheffield is committed to inspiring and encouraging women throughout their education and career – especially in areas where females are traditionally underrepresented, such as science, engineering, medicine and technology. Researchers at the university are passionate about tackling the great global challenges of our time. We recognise that effectively addressing these challenges with real-world solutions means working together across the boundaries of academic disciplines."

Improving the lives of patients and families at the Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute, headed up by Dame Shaw, aims to harness advances in neuroscience and improve the lives of patients and families affected by devastating disorders of the nervous system including motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain and stroke.

To deepen people’s understanding of function and dysfunction of the nervous system, the institute supports over 100 neuroscientists and their teams in translational neuroscience, computational and systems neuroscience, and sensory and developmental neuroscience.

University of Sheffield Neuroscience Institute

Finding low-carbon solutions at the Energy Institute

The Energy Institute is finding low-carbon solutions to the world’s biggest energy challenges.

Home to more than 300 of the best minds in energy research from around the world, the institute has one of the largest research teams in Europe focusing on energy storage, circular economy, nuclear, wind power and conventional power.

University of Sheffield Energy Institute

Tackling chronic conditions at the Healthy Lifespan Institute

Meanwhile, at the Healthy Lifespan Institute, medical and social experts tackle the rapidly increasing global epidemic of multimorbidity – the presence of two or more chronic conditions.

More than 130 experts from across the university combine medical approaches with evidence-based social policy at the institute to develop and promote strategies on improving health by preventing multimorbidity and age-related frailty across the life course.

University of Sheffield Healthy Lifespan Institute

Focusing on security and sustainability at the Institute for Sustainable Food

At the Institute for Sustainable Food, a key focus is to create dynamic solutions that address challenges in food security and sustainability.. The institute’s innovative research from more than 100 leading minds draws on the fields of science, engineering, social sciences, and arts and humanities, focusing on plant production and protection, translational and transformative research, and food consumption, health and sustainability.

Crossing boundaries and realising ambitious research

The University of Sheffield has a bold and ambitious vision for its research institutes. By researchers working together across the traditional boundaries of their research fields, the university hopes to solve some of the most pressing social, economic and health challenges facing society.

The flagship institutions break down barriers resulting from separate academic disciplines, and connect a wealth of recognised expertise with state-of-the-art research facilities – all with the vision to make change happen.

Each flagship institute has strong, existing links within each of their fields to industry, government, people directly affected by the issues and other experts across the globe.

“We have a bold and ambitious vision for our new research institutes. By working together across the traditional boundaries of our research fields we can solve some of the most pressing social, economic and health challenges facing society today,” comments Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research at the University of Sheffield.

Play a part in pioneering research at the University of Sheffield

Do you want to be part of a university which is changing lives through amazing research?

With almost 29,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

There are many exciting opportunities for strong candidates across a host of academic and support roles at The University of Sheffield. Search and apply for exciting and challenging roles today.


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