Tackling the great global challenges of our time

Today we officially launch our four new flagship research institutes. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring them to life. President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Koen Lamberts explains how the flagships provide an opportunity for impact across the University and how you can contribute your expertise.

Dear colleague

I am pleased to announce that today we officially launch our four new flagship research institutes:

  • Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield
  • Neuroscience Institute at the University of Sheffield
  • Healthy Lifespan Institute at the University of Sheffield
  • Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield

You will hopefully have seen previous communications from our Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor Dave Petley, outlining our vision and plans for the new flagships. I would like to thank Dave and everyone involved for their hard work in bringing them to life.

So far, the four flagships involve nearly 300 researchers from across the University. They offer a truly multidisciplinary approach and we are keen to get even more colleagues involved. I hope you will see the flagships as an invitation to consider how your own expertise might contribute to research in these four important areas.

The flagships provide an opportunity to ensure greater impact from and visibility for our world-leading research. Creating a bold focal point for some of our key strengths will allow us to talk differently about the research we do and to be more confident about the world-leading university we are. I hope the flagships will have a positive and invigorating impact across the University, including for areas of research that are not easily aligned with them. It is our intention to launch a second wave of flagship research institutes next year.

We can now start conversations with key stakeholders, funders and business partners to ensure the external support that will be essential for success. And within the University, we will be offering resources and support. We are also working towards individual launches tailored to specific stakeholders and objectives, at which time we will see more high-profile external communications.

If you would like to discuss how you can get involved, or if you have any questions, please email flagships@sheffield.ac.uk or get in touch with me directly at vc@sheffield.ac.uk

With best wishes,

Koen Lamberts
President and Vice-Chancellor


We’re passionate about tackling the great global challenges of our time

Our four flagship research institutes will address some of the biggest global problems through pioneering real-world solutions.

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The four flagship research institutes:

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Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield

We are bringing together pioneering researchers who are passionate about changing the world through innovative, interdisciplinary research. They will explore low-carbon solutions to the world's biggest energy challenges.

Energy Institute

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Neuroscience Institute at the University of Sheffield

Our world-leading experts have a vision to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, stroke, impaired hearing and vision, and chronic pain.

Neuroscience Institute

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Healthy Lifespan Institute at the University of Sheffield

We are uniting world-class medical and social expertise to tackle the rapidly increasing global epidemic of multimorbidity in a bid to improve the population's number of disability-free years.

Healthy Lifespan Institute

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Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield

University experts are finding dynamic solutions to the global challenges of food security and sustainability. Our innovative research draws on the fields of science, engineering, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Institute for Sustainable Food