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Impact on Global Challenges

Demonstrating plant genetic innovation at NIAB Innovation Farm
Plant Science to Address Global Research Challenges

To complement our discovery science, we have framed three overarching Research Challenges that capture our major translational and outreach activities; all staff contribute to at least one of these strategic goals.

  • Global Food Security
  • Growing a Sustainable Bioeconomy
  • Protecting the Environment

Coordinating initiatives facilitate new collaborations

The Department is home to a unique concentration of initiatives designed to facilitate new collaborations and knowledge exchange. These teams were recognised within the University for their excellence with the ‘Professional Services Recognition Scheme’ in December 2018.

More information can be found on their respective websites:

Additionally, outside of the Department, we have strong links with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and Energy@Cambridge.  We are also a founding partner in the EIT Food initiative, a €400M European translational partnership to promote consumer health and nutrition through crop science, supply chain analysis and training programmes.

We are always looking to build our links with researchers and industry worldwide – please do get in touch () if you would like to speak further.


The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.