The N8 is using its research strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences to address key global challenges in food security, including sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, improved nutrition and consumer behaviours.
The N8 expertise and experience of collaborative working, partnership and trust is being applied to develop new ways of working to maximise the use of new and existing research assets.
Industrial biotech is set to transform sectors such as chemicals, waste, energy, plastics and pharmaceuticals, and in the process could create jobs.
Co-production - closer working between academics and research users – is an approach to develop and apply new insights to address big societal challenges. It also has the potential to change the way social sciences research is conducted and applied.
Culture can fuel reinvention, helping people to adapt to change and generate new models for sustainable development. N8 academics are working with practitioners and local authorities to explore how the arts and humanities can stimulate reinvention and influence economic growth.
Regenerative Medicine replaces or regenerates human cells, tissue or organs, to restore or establish normal function and offers great promise in the prevention and treatment of many serious diseases.