Research and innovation

We are delivering profound new insights into the physical and engineering world and beyond.

Instruments designed here are probing the furthest reaches of space as our researchers interpret what the results say about the origins and nature of the cosmos. Our research is also directed underneath the oceans and below the earth's crust, working with bioscientists to comprehend the micro-organisms surviving in these extreme conditions.

Our applied mathematical strength is much in demand. We have been working closely with the NHS on modelling systems to improve patient management. Our acknowledged expertise in Operational Research has applications such as manufacturing, transport and tracking HIV/AIDS.

Applications of the software variety are being developed by our computer scientists to aid international rescue efforts, part of a dynamic portfolio delivering computing innovation in fields including telecommunications, biodiversity management and engineering design.

We are also reaching out to engage within the communities in which we are based. For example, our Welsh School of Architecture is working in partnership with the local Cardiff community to develop derelict and underused buildings as part of the Healthy Places, Healthy People project.

Together we believe we can accelerate progress towards major research breakthroughs, support innovation and enable the translation of these ideas to practical solutions, the overwhelming ambition being the achievement of research of outstanding quality.

The Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory
Inside the lightning test chamber - a 100,000 amp strike to a panel of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences research vessel, R.V. Guiding Light
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences research vessel the R.V. Guiding Light.

Research into the earth's climate and its changes over the millennia is one of many initiatives informing international debate over contemporary environmental challenges. Other such initiatives include the Cardiff Catalysis Research Institute, created to find sustainable alternatives to a variety of industrial processes, and a range of well-funded engineering projects to explore alternative methods of energy production and transmission.

Engineers are also among the many Cardiff STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) researchers working with biomedical colleagues to deliver practical healthcare change, for example through the multi-million pound Arthritis Research UK-funded Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre.