UCL Division of Biosciences


Multi-disciplinary Collaborations

Led by the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), our work combines and builds upon the expertise of six world-leading departments/research centres at UCL. We also bring in expertise from external organisations, including the Zoological Society for London (ZSL) and the Natural History Museum (NHM).

Collaborate with us

We are always keen to support organisations who are looking to co-teach, to give students work experience, or to explore applied dissertation research opportunities. Contact us if you would like help finding the right student to work with you.

We also believe that the strongest research and innovation stems from collaboration. If you are interested in specific areas of our research, you can find out who to contact via our people page.

UCL collaborations at the People and Nature Lab

On campus at UCL East, our team brings together people and expertise from across UCL:

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Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research

The Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) sits within UCL’s Department of Genetics, Ecology and Evolution – part of the Biosciences division. It is one of the world’s leading research and training centres in ecology and biodiversity science, supporting the next generation of scholars and leaders. In recent years, CBER have played a vital role in defining how biodiversity loss is measured, shaping novel indices like the Living Planet Index.

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Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)

ExCiteS (UCL Department of Geography) brings together scholars from diverse fields to develop and contribute to the guiding theories, tools and methodologies that will enable any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal with issues that concern them. Researchers in ExCiteS have created bespoke technologies to address the challenges around collecting, sharing and visualising geographic information with a variety of communities, e.g. Mapping for Change.


Centre for Advanced Spatial Analyses (CASA)

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an interdisciplinary institute focusing on the science of cities within UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. CASA's focus is to be at the forefront of what is one of the grand challenges of 21st century science: to build a science of cities from a multidisciplinary base, drawing on cutting edge methods, and ideas in modeling, complexity, visualisation and computation.


Centre for Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence Centre is the portion of UCL’s Department of Computer Science that carries out foundational research in AI. As we transition to a more automated society, the core aim of the Centre is to create new AI technologies and advise on the use of AI in science, industry and society. The Centre is at the forefront of Europe’s tech sector and works in partnership with a large number of organisations, including founding partners Cicso, Google DeepMind, and Adobe.


Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Home to world-leading research projects, groups and centres, the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering reflects a broad, enquiring and human-centred view of the engineering world. Its' engineers create solutions which protect and restore our environment, develop technologies to measure and map our local communities, and make important contributions to designing, constructing and maintaining a diverse range of infrastructure.

Culture, Nature and Health Research Group

With a team that straddles two UCL departments (Genetics, Ecology and Evolution/Arts and Sciences), the Culture, Nature and Health Research Group work with a range of partners and a variety of audiences to explore the role of cultural and nature-based participation in health and wellbeing. It is interested in the biopsychosocial benefits of all things cultural – including natural sites – in enhancing quality of life, physical and mental health, wellbeing and social inclusion.


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