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Encouraging active citizenship through research

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Taking a collaborative approach to research

Liverpool John Moores University is ranked 62nd in the UK for research excellence, with a research and knowledge exchange portfolio worth around £55million. 

From the award-winning Astrophysics Research Institute and the high-profile work within the Research Institute for Sports and Exercise Sciences to the world-renowned Public Health Institute, our research institutes and centres have established themselves as big names in their areas of expertise. With a wide range of research interests and groups, spanning science, technology, business, law, education, health, leisure and the arts – exciting things are happening at LJMU.

Our researchers work tirelessly to find solutions to the problems of the 21st century in collaboration with institutions and organisations from across the world. LJMU is one of the top universities in the UK for engaging with industry and when it comes to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, we are award-winning. By enabling industry to access our research expertise we have become a powerful engine for innovation and economic growth, supporting commercial enterprise and knowledge exchange activities in multiple sectors and industries in the Liverpool City Region, the UK and overseas.

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Recent research highlights

Here are just a couple of our recent success stories...

Attracting the space community

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science took place in Liverpool for the first time in 2018. Held jointly with the University, the European Astronomical Society and the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) of the Royal Astronomical Society, the event welcomed over 1,000 astrophysicists, planetary scientists and solar physicists from all over Europe and beyond, with the Science and Technology Facilities Council as one of the main sponsors. The Astrophysics Research Institute was chosen to host this event as it is one of the world's leading authorities in astronomy and astrophysics.

Using drones to save endangered species

Working with Knowsley Safari Park, our astrophysics and ecology researchers are combining drone technology and thermal imaging cameras to detect and classify the heat signatures of animals to build up a library of signatures. Researchers from around the world will be able to access this library and have an easier job of classifying, tracking and monitoring endangered species in the wild. The collaboration has since gone on to secure significant external funding as well as international media coverage.

Read our case studies to discover the many ways our research is having an impact.