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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Our impact

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranking 11th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our researchers are at the cutting-edge of knowledge, working on solutions to some of today's toughest challenges. While much of our research begins with concepts at a fundamental level, we are passionate about using the findings to make a real impact on the world around us.

Transforming research into answers to real world problems produces business opportunities, enhances quality of life, creates jobs, boosts the economy and helps make our world safer and more rewarding. Our REF success demonstrates that our research has a significant impact on society, industry, Government, and public service.

Biological Sciences ranked 15th in the UK in terms of our impact on society.

Find out more about our REF 2014 results

AudioMoth
AudioMoth

AudioMoth: a low-cost, open-source acoustic device for environmental monitoring

Our development of an acoustic sensor for smart detection of environmental sounds has revolutionised environmental monitoring for governments, NGOs and research institutes worldwide.

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Demonstrating and harnessing the antimicrobial properties of copper
Demonstrating and harnessing the antimicrobial properties of copper

Demonstrating and harnessing the antimicrobial properties of copper

Our research has proved the antimicrobial properties of copper alloys by demonstrating their ability to kill a range of harmful pathogens including MRSA and SARS-CoV2.

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Strengthening food security policy through the role of Chief Scientific Adviser
Strengthening food security policy through the role of Chief Scientific Adviser

Strengthening food security policy through the role of Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Guy Poppy’s research on food systems, genetically modified crops and antimicrobial resistance has been applied directly to UK policy through his leading role at the Food Standards Agency.

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Rice paddies in Moeyungyi Wetland
Rice paddies in Moeyungyi Wetland

TESSA: Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment

Our technology has enabled conservationists to rapidly measure and evaluate the benefits of sites of biodiversity importance, and to assess their sensitivity to land use change.

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