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The disciplines of biological field studies and of ecology have been embedded in UCL from the early days of both the College and the sciences themselves. From John Lindley to Francis Oliver to Edward Salisbury to Georgina Mace, UCL has been home to some of the most transformative thinkers in ecology.
The establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research in 2013 was the latest expression of UCL's commitment to developing our understanding of the environment, both for its own sake and in relation to human health and happiness. Such understanding is central to two domains within the UCL Grand Challenges research strategy: Environment and Food, Metabolism, and Society. Valuing and maintaining biodiversity is also central to the UN Strategic Development Goals.
Today, CBER continues to conduct ground-breaking research in biodiversity and the environment whilst training the next generation of scientists and conservation leaders. CBER is based in the Medawar building on UCL’s Bloomsbury campus and is expanding to a second site with the establishment of the People and Nature Laboratory at UCL’s new EAST campus
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CBER develops innovative research at the interface of biodiversity and environmental change through three research themes.
Founded in 2013, CBER is the latest expression of UCL's commitment to research and training in ecology and evolution, and the necessity of conserving biodiversity for sustaining human economies & well-being.
From teaching in the field to influencing international policy, CBER operates across multiple scientific disciplines and methodologies, with an approach that is committed to inclusion and diversity.
CBER's New People and Nature Lab at UCL East
The People and Nature Lab is CBER's interdisciplinary applied research and teaching partnership developing innovative approaches to tackle the challenges posed by catastrophic biodiversity loss, global ecosystem degradation and climate change, to support a more sustainable relationship between people and nature.
The People and Nature Lab at UCL East will be offering several new innovative and interdisciplinary programmes from 2022 onwards including the MSc in Ecology and Data Science and MSc Citizen Science.
In our single biggest development since we were founded in 1826, UCL is expanding to east London. Located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UCL East is dedicated to disruptive thinking, ground breaking discovery and innovation across disciplines and beyond academic walls, to find solutions to the biggest societal challenges
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