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Global challenges

How we are collaborating to deliver global impact.

The path to planetary health

an aerial view of a lake and grass

For centuries it’s been recognised that there’s a direct link between the health of our planet and our own wellbeing. Numerous ancient civilisations celebrated and cherished that inter-dependence. Today, the relationship is under extreme duress. However, the University and its alumni are helping repair the bond.

The path to planetary health

At the interface of science and art

Visual art and data have combined to reveal the effects of climate change in the Arctic, and to create a breathtaking exhibition. The clue is in the name of Team Shrub - the School of GeoSciences' student-led tundra researchers: they just love nature. And it's a love that goes beyond work that aims to understand how global change alters plant communities and ecosystem processes.

At the interface of science and art

People need forests

Dr Patenaude deforestation workshop in Mozambique

A new Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes at the School of Geosciences is set to promote and support ground-breaking studies into changing ecosystems around the world, including a major study of the impact of reduced woodlands on people in poverty in rural Mozambique. The Centre’s establishment underlines the University’s commitment to tackling some of the 21st century’s most pressing issues.

People need forests

Feed the world

Feed the world

Faced with a rapidly growing global population with evolving dietary demands, and food choices, the agri-food sector, researchers and specialists are under more pressure than ever to adapt agricultural methods to feed more mouths while also protecting the planet. Professor Geoff Simm, Director of the University’s Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, talks about facing up to the challenges and finding solutions.

Feed the world

African aspirations

African Aspirations

Since 2009, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has committed more than $700 million to supporting the education and leadership development of more than 30,000 young people. Edinburgh is the first university in Europe to collaborate with the foundation. We talk to four recipients about what the scholarships mean to them and their countries. 

African aspirations

Coral relief

Coral relief

They are a spectacular part of the eastern Pacific’s most scenic location – a setting as rugged as it is remote – yet theirs is a fragile beauty. The corals that surround the magnificent Revillagigedo Islands – dubbed Mexico’s Little Galápagos because of their amazing diversity – are at risk from warming seas in a changing climate.

Now a rearguard action has begun, thanks to a partnership between Pew Charitable Trust and marine scientists at Edinburgh, supported by friends of the University.

Coral relief

Bringing comfort to growing girls

Bringing comfort to growing girls

Namibian-born Liita Iyaloo Cairney recently completed her PhD in Global Health Policy at Edinburgh. Keenly aware of the lack of hygiene products available to women with little or no income in her own country she put her skills and knowledge to use to help them.

Bringing comfort to growing girls

Going for green

Going for Green

In the not-too-distant future, electric car drivers all over the UK could be selling back unused electricity stored in their cars’ batteries to the national grid at the end of each day, thanks to the vision of an enterprising business student.

Going for green