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Research facilities

In addition to individuals' research labs and facilities, the department houses various specialist research facilities, used by many of our own research labs, and in some cases, other departments, or users from outside the university. This page outlines the major research facilities we manage.

Arthur Willis Environment Centre

Arthur Willis Environment Centre

The Arthur Willis Environment Centre, opened in May 2009, was the result of a £4.5 million investment by the University of Sheffield in environmental research. AWEC provides state-of-the-art ‘GroDome’ plant growth facilities comprising 16 discrete compartments with the capacity to simulate a range of current environments as well as future climate scenarios. The Centre also houses the social insect research group, experimental gardens and dedicated laboratory, office and meeting space to facilitate interdisciplinary research investigating the impact of present and future environmental change.

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NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (Sheffield)

NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - laboratory

Led by Professor Terry Burke (Animal and Plant Sciences), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Sheffield provides state-of-the-art molecular genetics facilities and training to the UK community in the science areas that fall under the remit of the NERC. In recent years, the main call for the Facility has been for the development and application of genetic markers for use in studies of population genetics and behavioural ecology.

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Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility

biOMICS facilities

Managed by Dr Heather Walker, the Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility (biOMICS) uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to accelerate protein and metabolite research. Our biOMICS team has a background in mass spectrometry and biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and spans a range of biological specialties. We can offer sound guidance on sample preparation through to data analysis and interpretation.

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Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility

Controlled environment facility

Opened in 2004, the Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility is the culmination of a £10.4 million investment by the Joint Infrastructure Fund. It represents a world-leading climate controlled plant growth facility. The 32 individual units are independently able to simulate the majority of terrestrial environments from Tropical to Polar regions as well as past and future global atmospheric environments including elevated and sub-ambient CO2. These revolutionary facilities provide the basis for Sheffield’s ground-breaking contributions to World food security research.

Additional information for University of Sheffield staff is available here.