Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.


Measuring chilli heat with electrochemistry

Impact case study

The success of University of Oxford chemists in using electrochemical sensing to detect the spiciness of chillies has led to the recent development of new sensors for garlic, turmeric and ginger.
Women Speak Out

Women Speak Out: An Academic-Community Collaboration to Explore the Links Between HIV, Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Among Women with Drug Dependence

Women Speak Out is an academic-community collaboration between Oxford University and the Indonesian Drug Users Network aimed at addressing HIV and gender-based violence among drug-using women in Indonesia.
Dr Phil Grunewald

Interdisciplinary Study of Energy use and Activities

Understanding the timing of energy demand is becoming ever more important. The uptake of renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar, is accelerating and systems have to accommodate their sometimes volatile outputs.
Professor Paul Newman

Creating vehicles that drive themselves

From 2005 to 2017 Paul Newman led the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) within the Dept. of Engineering Science. In 2017 MRG become the Oxford Robotics Institute. During this time he led the development of a suite of technology that enabled autonomous vehicles to navigate with zero dependence on infrastructure at scale. It is a foundation technology.
Solar observatory

Global Jet Watch for Social Change

The creation of the Global Jet Watch observatories has led to real impact on communities spanning four continents, which work together to track Galactic black holes and exploding stars in the night sky.
medical equipment


There is currently a lack of funding and industrial expertise available to help translate innovative, world class, biomedical discoveries at Oxford University into next generation drug discovery programmes that can be commercialised for patient benefit.
water pump

Smart Handpumps

In Africa around 275 million people don't have access to a decent reliable water supply.
Sourav Mondal

Mitigation of arsenic mass poisoning: a unified experimental and theoretical approach

The Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta is a global hotspot for arsenic groundwater contamination. Naturally occurring arsenic concentrates in water drawn from deep wells, creating a major public health issue in West Bengal and Bangladesh, which has been described as the largest mass poisoning of a population in history.
The Language Problem Language Problem: Building consensus on Developmental Language Disorder

The Language Problem Language Problem: Building consensus on Developmental Language Disorder


Around 7% of people suffer from a developmental language disorder, and yet not many people have even heard of them.

Levi Roots

Our answer to 'Dragons' Den'

Oxford Arts Blog

At Arts Blog, we love the BBC show Dragons' Den.
Mona Leaser

Is it easier to forge a £1 coin or a Leonardo?

Oxford Arts Blog

It has been claimed that the new £1 coin is 'forgery proof'. But Martin Kemp, professor of the history of art at Oxford University and an expert in art forgeries, is sceptical.
Through the InspireHer initiative, children learn how to programme objects using coding. Games like the robotic ball use methodical, step by step, drag, drop and pause coding, to manipulate its movements.

Women in science series: InspireHer to code

Oxford Science Blog

Although women in science continue to be underrepresented at the highest level, things are slowly changing. In a complex but changing culture, many have built highly successful, rewarding careers, carving out a niche for themselves as a role model to budding scientists, regardless of gender.
Professor Russell's academic research group aims to develop new drugs to treat devastating degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and heart failure. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Women in science series: Meet one of Oxford's most successful entrepreneurs

Oxford Science Blog

As Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, a mother of two and one of Oxford University’s most successful entrepreneurs, developing both the spinout companies MuOx and OxStem, Professor Angela Russell wears many hats.
Flooded rice field. Image credit: Shutterstock

Manipulating plant enzymes could protect crops from flooding


Scientists have long understood how oxygen deprivation can affect animals and even bacteria, but until recently very little was known about how plants react to hypoxia (low oxygen). A new research collaboration between Oxford University and the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, published this week in Nature Communications, has answered some of these questions and shed light on how understanding these reactions could improve food security.
Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases

Oxford Science Blog

In a guest blog, Professor Stephen Baker from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, explains the importance of monitoring the emergence of infectious diseases in Asia
Credit: Oxford University

Women in science series: Engineering a difference

Oxford Science Blog

Many female scientists now have inspiring stories to tell, but all the science disciplines still need to make progress on gender equality. With the lowest percentage of female professionals of all the STEM areas (9% in UK universities), engineering is one of the most scrutinised specialisms.
World Malaria Day

Protecting the effectiveness of antimalarial medicines

Oxford Science Blog

To mark World Malaria Day on 25th April, Prof Philippe Guérin, Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, based at the University of Oxford, explains the need to maintain our focus on the elimination of malaria.
Penguins in Antarctica

World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

Oxford Science Blog

With one of the biggest fan-clubs in the animal kingdom, penguins are undeniably cute. From Pingu to Happy Feet and the countless wildlife documentaries centred around them, they continue to...
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Women in science: Cleaner chemicals for a greener planet

Oxford Science Blog

In today’s political climate, science’s value to society is under threat and consistently questioned.
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From toilet to tap: Recycling water for a better tomorrow

Oxford Science Blog

From drought concerns to political debate and international awareness activity, H₂O has become big news, with good reason. As quickly as the world’s population is rising, international water reserves are diminishing.


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