News in 2021
Cabot Institute Innovation Fund 2021 – apply now!
11 May 2021
We are delighted to announce the annual call for proposals to the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund. A total of ~£25K is available to share between projects under this call. This will be distributed between the highest-ranked projects.
Professor of Hydrology elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
6 May 2021
The University of Bristol’s Professor of Hydrology, Paul Bates, has been elected as a Fellow of the world's most eminent scientific academy, the Royal Society, for his exceptional contributions to science.
UK research master’s scholarship available for sustainable decentralised energy systems project
29 April 2021
Thanks to a generous donation to the Cabot Institute for the Environment Master's by Research in Global Environmental Challenges, a scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees for a full time UK student on the project ‘Advancing sustainable decentralised energy systems: an exploration of entrepreneurial business models and enabling technologies.’
Close brush with death prompts world-leading glaciologist to pen memoir capturing epic lifelong battle to understand and save vanishing glaciers
26 April 2021
Ever since her first expedition to remote realms of glaciers and ice sheets, world-leading glaciologist Professor Jemma Wadham was so captivated by their mysterious beauty, that getting to grips with how they worked instantly became a career-defining passion. As the severity of the global climate crisis grows ever-starker, such steely determination to convey their vital importance to the planet and people’s survival has deepened, amplified by her own near-death encounter due to a serious brain tumour.
Bristol researchers feature on Attenborough Netflix series
23 April 2021
Survey reveals many people have reservations about flying in future
22 April 2021
More than half of adults plan to fly less or much less, even after they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, citing worries about the virus and climate change, according to a survey carried out by the University of Bristol.
Scientists’ new climate change-fighting tech could slash energy use
21 April 2021
Two scientists are developing climate change-fighting technology that could slash energy use in buildings.
The Internet brings people into big cities, new study suggests
16 April 2021
The widespread proliferation of the internet and information and communication technologies (ICT) has drawn people into urban centres, according to new research.
Festival presents unique opportunity to hear from world-leading researchers tackling today's global challenges
16 April 2021
Reaching net zero carbon dioxide emissions, eliminating hunger and poverty, tackling misinformation and vaccine hesitancy, decolonisation, and overcoming the digital divide are among key topics set to take centre stage at the inaugural University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships, which starts next week.
The Cabot Institute position regarding the cuts in the UKRI budget for ODA research
13 April 2021
UKRI has had a substantial cut in its budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA) research. This has now caused serious shortfalls in the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), with substantial impacts on the quality of international research and the reputation of the UK research community with partners across the world.
Bristol researchers tackle effect of climate change on health
9 April 2021
Climate change affects many of the social and environmental determinants of health including clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Global challenges can only be addressed by multi-disciplinary teams of researchers bringing skills and expertise form different fields to find solutions to complex problems.
University of Bristol announces £7.6 million partnership with EDF to improve design and performance of nuclear power plants
2 April 2021
The University of Bristol will join forces with EDF, The University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the Science and Technology Facilities Council to develop new ways to assess the condition of nuclear power stations.
Bristol gets top marks in transport sustainability rankings
30 March 2021
The University of Bristol has been ranked as one of the best UK universities for sustainable transport.
University of Bristol academic awarded prestigious position at UK's national academy of engineering
24 March 2021
Cabot Institute co-lead for Low Carbon Energy - Professor Tom Scott - has been appointed as Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advancing the Fusion Energy Fuel Cycle.
Carbon uptake in re-growing Amazon forest threatened by climate and human disturbance
19 March 2021
Large areas of forests regrowing in the Amazon to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are being limited by climate and human activity.
New study investigates how life on land recovered after “The Great Dying”
17 March 2021
Over the course of Earth’s history, several mass extinction events have destroyed ecosystems, including one that famously wiped out the dinosaurs. But none were as devastating as “The Great Dying,” which took place 252 million years ago during the end of the Permian period.
World class: Rankings confirm University of Bristol’s global status
3 March 2021
Courses at the University of Bristol are among the very best in the world, according to a global survey released today.
Bristol becomes mission candidate for the Earth Explorer 10 satellite programme
2 March 2021
The European Space Agency Mission 'Harmony', for which the University of Bristol provides scientific advice, has been selected for further development.
Pioneering research reveals gardens are secret powerhouse for pollinators
22 February 2021
Home gardens are by far the biggest source of food for pollinating insects, including bees and wasps, in cities and towns, according to new research.
Bristol researchers feature on captivating BBC Two wildlife series
22 February 2021
Fascinating research by two University of Bristol academics features in a new BBC Two wildlife series.
Bristol part of new £10 million research centre to spur a greener global financial system
15 February 2021
The UK is investing £10 million in a new national green finance research centre that will advise lenders, investors and insurers, enabling them to make environmentally sustainable decisions, and support a greener global economy.
Bristol Science Film Festival 2021 calling all creatives to submit short films!
15 February 2021
Bristol’s Science Film Festival is set to take place this summer and the organisers of the annual event are calling for submissions from amateur and professional movie makers ahead of the festival’s September showcase. Film-makers behind shortlisted films will have their films screened and a chance to win cash prizes.
Bristol University Prepares for Climate Emergency Day of Action
12 February 2021
Tony Juniper and Ed Miliband are among speakers confirmed for the Bristol Students’ Union Climate Emergency Day of Action this February.
Emissions of banned ozone-depleting substance are back on the decline
10 February 2021
Global emissions of a potent substance notorious for depleting the Earth’s ozone layer – the protective barrier which absorbs the Sun’s harmful UV rays – have fallen rapidly and are now back on the decline, according to new research.
New research will disrupt solar and expedite efforts toward Net-Zero target
10 February 2021
A team of researchers, led by chemists from the University of Bristol, has received significant funding from the UKRI to revolutionise the fabrication and application of photovoltaic devices, used to produce solar energy.
Major streaming companies join pioneering initiative to monitor media industry’s digital carbon footprint
9 February 2021
Netflix, BT and Cambridge University Press are the latest to sign up to Bristol's fully operational DIMPACT tool.
Healthy oceans need healthy soundscapes
4 February 2021
Oceans were once filled with the sounds of nature, but overfishing, climate change and human noise have fundamentally changed the natural underwater "soundtrack", researchers say.
University of Bristol partners with Ecosia to turn internet searches into trees
4 February 2021
The University of Bristol is switching its default search engine on campus computers to Ecosia, in a move that will result in thousands of new trees being planted.
Newly transcribed chronicle describes extreme weather events that hit Bristol 400 years ago
1 February 2021
Historians from the University of Bristol have discovered contemporary accounts of numerous weird weather events that happened in the Bristol area around the turn of the 16th/17th century including devastating floods, massive snowfalls and frosts that saw rivers frozen for months.
Pioneering research unravels hidden origins of Eastern Asia’s ‘land of milk and honey’
27 January 2021
A study has revealed for the first time the ancient origins of one of the world’s most important ecosystems by unlocking the mechanism which determined the evolution of its mountains and how they shaped the weather there as well as its flora and fauna.
Common pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night’s sleep
21 January 2021
Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, suggests research by academics at the University of Bristol.
New research demonstrates how the best camouflage can be found for an arbitrary environment
21 January 2021
A new method, developed by scientists at the University of Bristol can determine the optimal colouration pattern to cover an object in order to make it as visible or concealed as possible, in any given environment.
Science finds simple way to make lamb leaner
14 January 2021
Scientists based at Rothamsted and the University of Bristol Veterinary School have found a clear link between the weight of lambs early in their life and meat quality – which is good news for consumers, farmers, and the environment.
Wetland methane cycling increased during ancient global warming event
13 January 2021
New research provides a stark warning of the need to address emissions from one of the most potent greenhouse gases - methane.
Imminent sudden stratospheric warming to occur, bringing increased risk of snow over coming weeks
5 January 2021
A new study led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, and Bath helps to shed light on the winter weather we may soon have in store following a dramatic meteorological event currently unfolding high above the North Pole.
Summer temperatures could rise faster in the UK than average global rates
5 January 2021
The UK could be facing a future of extreme heatwaves according to a new study in which scientists mapped almost 40 years’ worth of trends to project what lies ahead.