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“The 21st century poses an increasing number of complex challenges to society on an unprecedented global scale,” says Professor Alistair Hetherington, Research Director of the Life Sciences Building. “Only by utilising the ambition and expertise of our greatest scientific minds can we be sure of responding in a way that will make a difference.”

Purpose-built to foster multidisciplinary collaboration, the £56.5 million Life Sciences building was opened in October 2014 by Sir David Attenborough who praised the University of Bristol for being at the vanguard of one of today’s most important areas of scholarship.

The flagship building, the University of Bristol’s biggest construction project to date, is an interactive hub for biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and Earth scientists.

Together, they are uniquely placed to find answers to significant research questions in fields ranging from evolution to food security, from cell and developmental biology to animal behaviour, from synthetic biology to understanding how plants and animals respond to a changing environment – and more besides.

Home to one of the largest teaching labs in the country – capable of teaching 200 students at once – the 13,500 square metre building provides outstanding resources for teaching as well as research, with five storeys of laboratories, a GroDome for plant cultivation, specialised equipment for investigating sensory biology and a state of the art genomics facility.

The work of the Life Sciences is closely linked with that of the University’s other key research centres - the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, the Cabot Institute, the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, and the Bristol Vision Institute.

Regional alliances include the GW4, the Food Security and Land Research Alliance, and other universities and institutes across the globe.

Only by utilising the ambition and expertise of our greatest scientific minds can we be sure of responding in a way that will make a difference.

Professor Alistair Hetherington, Research Director of the Life Sciences Building

Experimental glasshouses

The experimental glasshouses boast excellent growing facilities, producing a constant supply of high quality plant material for teaching and research.