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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

About Us: Life Sciences at Southampton

Life Sciences Annual Reports

Our aim is to take a strategic approach to building connected networks with interdisciplinary collaboration at the heart of the life sciences community. 

Our mission is to facilitate fusions of expertise in research and education from a range of disciplines in order to broaden scientific opportunities and address key issues in health, society and enterprise.

Life Sciences Community - the Institute encourages collaboration through supporting interdisciplinary pilot projects and PhD studentships as well as investing in pivotal research themes that sit under Health and Medicine, Living Systems, Life Technologies and Insights Through Data.

Resources - researchers are encouraged to connect and collaborate through a varied programme of conferences, seminars, workshops and poster sessions providing new environments for researchers to explore novel approaches to existing research.  

Education - the Institute contributes to the development of interdisciplinary courses such as the MSc Biomedical Engineering.

Enterprise - our goal is to strengthen and develop links between the University and external partner. 

Working together to make a difference

Life Sciences at Southampton breaks the traditional mould of solving problems within the confines of a discipline. We have an established reputation for working collaboratively, taking disruptive approaches through interdisciplinary team science.

Recognising the critical importance of interdisciplinary research, Southampton has invested in four Strategic Institutes: Life Sciences, Web Sciences, Marine and Maritime, and Photonics and Nanoelectronics. Our life science research is embedded in each Institute and strengthens our close partnerships with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre, NHS Foundation Trusts, regional government, enterprise and the Rosalind Franklin Institute and The Alan Turing Institute.

Work with us

Southampton, a partner of the world-leading SETsquared Business Incubator, prides itself on enterprise engagement and business generation, with Life Sciences working closely with the University’s Science Park and Future Worlds. We work with MedTech, Data and Pharma businesses, keeping sight of patient need, market pull and routes to technology adoption.

Our FortisNet project, for example, drives solutions to musculoskeletal disease and impairment, working with patients and the public, clinicians and enterprise to create a pipeline of products and processes for stronger, active bodies.

We welcome new partners and enquiries about our Life Sciences research, education and enterprise.  Contact:  



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