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Institute for Life Sciences

About us

An interdisciplinary research institute bringing together expertise from across the University to tackle society's challenges in the Life Sciences.

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 and risk through interdisciplinary team science. 

We build connected networks with interdisciplinary collaborations at the heart of the Life Sciences community. 

How we work

We do this by helping researchers from a range of disciplines work together to broaden scientific opportunities and address key issues in health, society, and enterprise, aligned with the University’s triple helix strategy

We focus on four areas of excellence at Southampton: the challenge themes of Health and Medicine, and Living Systems, supported by the cross-cutting themes Disruptive Life Technologies and Insights through Data, which provide the advanced tools to drive our understanding at the frontiers.

Please read our latest IfLS annual report for high impact case studies of interdisciplinary Life Sciences research.

Networking opportunities

We encourage our researchers to connect and collaborate through a varied programme of conferences, seminars, workshops, and poster sessions to explore novel interdisciplinary approaches to research areas. 

We provide networking and seed funding opportunities for researchers to explore novel approaches to existing research and cross pollinate ideas. 

Membership: how to join us

IfLS membership is intended to be as open as possible to the Life Sciences community at the University of Southampton. 

There are two types of membership: 

  • IfLS membership is open to University of Southampton colleagues who are of Principal Investigator (PI) status. 
  • IfLS associate membership is open to University of Southampton colleagues who are not currently of PI status, such as Emeritus Professors, Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate students. 

Please direct enquiries about joining the Institute for Life Sciences to

Management group

Members of the Institute for Life Sciences core management group:

Partner institutions

We work with a number of Life Sciences research centres at Southampton.