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Interdisciplinary Networks

Many challenges in research today require interdisciplinary teams with strong foundations in discipline-based research capabilities.

Our Interdisciplinary Research Networks cover strategic areas of worldwide importance. The Networks are non-exclusive and span several academic schools. Some Networks have a history of collaborative working while others are trailblazers breaking new ground in a totally new collaborative area. 

Networks activities include:

* Seminar series
* Public lectures
* Research collaboration meetings
* Knowledge transfer opportunities
* Innovative grant applications

The University currently has a number of Interdisciplinary Research Networks covering a wide variety of subject areas including:

  1. Cardiff Water Research Consortium (CwRC)
  2. Structural Biology Group
  3. Cardiff Public Relations and Integrated Communications Research Network (CaPRICoRN)
  4. Health Informatics Research Group
  5. Cardiff Interdisciplinary Energy Research Network
  6. Cardiff University Aging Science and Older People Network (CaSciOPe)
  7. Wales-Ireland Research Network
  8. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group (CISSMI)
  9. Severnside Alliance for Translational Research (SARTRE)
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     1. Cardiff Water Research Consortium (CwRC)

    Born out of growing global interest in the fundamental importance of water, the Cardiff Water Research Consortium is a multi-disciplinary cross-School collaboration that focuses on aspects of the environmental significance, social context and security of this critical resource. The aspiration is to integrate expertise from the natural, social, environmental, engineering and health sciences to offer multi-faceted approaches and solutions to the complex problems that revolve around water and its sustainable management.

    Building on existing strengths in freshwater, estuarine, coastal and marine environments, the Consortium recognises the importance of multiple drivers for action.  Examples include water resources; food security; flood risk; energy generation; climate change; biodiversity protection; ecosystem services; water-borne disease; urban and rural development; and the historic water environment.

    For further information visit the website or contact Professor Roger Falconer (falconerra@cardiff.ac.uk) or Professor Steve Ormerod (ormerod@cardiff.ac.uk)


     2. Structural Biology Group

    The Structural Biology group brings together the three core structural biology techniques X-ray crystallography, Nucear Magnetic Resonnance Spectroscopy and Electron Microscopy to facilitate interdisciplinary research across these techniques by establishing collaborations locally and internationally.

    The group serves as a hub for structural biology researchers from the Schools of Chemistry, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Optometry and Medicine.

    For more information visit the website or contact Dr Matthias Bochtler (BochtlerM@cardiff.ac.uk)


     3. Cardiff Public Relations and Integrated Communications Research Network (CaPRICoRN)

    As communication has grown in importance as a facet of organisational life, the number of people developing communication expertise has grown. This research network aims to explore the powerful role that communications now has in society asking questions such as: what is the future for the communications industry;  what are the emerging trends in areas of organisational communication; and what are the factors that impede and enable inter-sectoral communications? As this is an emergent field, research into organisational communication crosses over a number of different Schools including:  Business , Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies ; and English, Communication and Philosophy . This network aims to bring these different elements together and provide a space for academic research, informed by industry practitioners, into topics including public relations, corporate accountability and integrated marketing communications.

    For more information visit the network's website or contact Rebecca Green (GraduateSchools@cf.ac.uk)


     4. Health Informatics Research Group

    This Network spans multiple disciplines within Cardiff University linked by a common interests in health informatics. Research projects include ground-breaking medical research, the DTI-funded “Healthcare@Home” and an EPSRC-funded Exploratory Project for Grand Challenges in Information-driven Health, as well as more than 15 years of research in computerised knowledge and information systems applied to primary, secondary and tertiary care regimes. The group comprises a joint team of clinicians, general practitioners, health informaticians, and computer scientists from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine and School of Computer Science , together with strong links with Velindre NHS Trust undertake the work.

    For further information visit the website or contact Alex Hardisty (Alex.Hardisty@cs.cardiff.ac.uk).


     5. Cardiff Interdisciplinary Energy Research Network

    There is currently a wide-ranging and diverse amount of research being conducted in the area of energy within Cardiff University. This research is of high interest to those both within the wider academic community and outside (eg in policy and non-governmental organisations).

    Current activities include an interdisciplinary seminar series on energy and sustainability. This aims to: provide a forum for discussion around the opportunities for, and difficulties in achieving, transition to sustainable energy systems in the UK; to raise awareness of energy research being conducted across Cardiff University and beyond; and to offer a means for networking and building collaborations with other working in this area. 

    For further information visit the website or contact Dr Chris Groves (grovesc1@Cardiff.ac.uk).


     6. Cardiff University Aging Science and Older People Network (CaSciOPe)

    The Cardiff University Ageing Science and Older People Network (CaSciOPe) is a local forum for interdisciplinary research, connecting scholars interested in social scientific and biological aspects of ageing.

    The network brings together ageing scientists, gerontologists and sociologists of science and medicine to explore how ageing science interrelates to the quality of life of older people. It builds on ongoing research in ageing science, public understandings of the new genetics and the sociology of science at Cardiff.

    For further information visit the website or contact Dr Joanna Latimer (LatimerJE@cf.ac.uk) or Dr Mark Bagley (bagleymc@cardiff.ac.uk).


     7. Wales-Ireland Research Network

    The Wales-Ireland Research Network explores the creative, cultural and political relationships between Wales and Ireland. A partnership between Cardiff and Aberystwyth Universities the network aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping, complex and connected histories of Wales and Ireland.

    Comparative research into Wales and Ireland was inaugurated with the founding of the Cardiff University Wales-Ireland seminars. The network was launched in November 2007 by the Consul General of Ireland in Wales. Subsequent events have received support from Culture Ireland, Academicand the Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain. 

    For more information visit the network website or contact Dr Claire Connolly (Connolly@cf.ac.uk)


     8. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group (CISSMI)

    CISSMI is a research collaboration between the Universities of Cardiff and Glamorgan, founded in 2009 by members of Cardiff School of History and Archaeology , Glamorgan University's Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science and Glamorgan's History Division . The Research Network encompasses staff from the humanities, social science, medicine and the biological sciences at Cardiff and Glamorgan and is dedicated to the study of the history of science (particularly the medical sciences) and the imagination ( literary and cultural). Besides the research activities of the group's members, CISSMI supports an annual series of seminars and workshops as well as other research activities including knowledge transfer and public engagement activities, that allow for discussion and interaction around these key themes.

    For more information visit the network's website or contact Dr Keir Waddington (waddingtonk@cardiff.ac.uk).


     9. Severnside Alliance for Translational Research (SARTRE)

    SARTRE was created in 2009 between the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol to combine and accelerate our efforts in translational research and to provide a focal point for interactions with external partners such as Bio-Pharmaceutical companies. At SARTRE we are building capacity and aligning our translational research programmes through our regular networking meetings and through our targeted research programmes. We are supported by the Welsh Office of Research and Development and by the Medical Research Council and our goal is to work with you to create a leading translational research hub in the Southwest and South Wales.

    For more information visit the network website or contact Corinne Squire (SquireCM@cardiff.ac.uk)