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SOLVE magazine highlights cross-disciplinary research performance and impact from researchers across the University

As a university, we have a responsibility to communicate what we are learning.

Only by sharing our knowledge will we succeed as a community and as a nation. That's why we're producing SOLVE magazine – to share as scientists and educators our research and knowledge-building that stand to make a difference to the world.

Introducing the current issue

In this second issue of SOLVE, we shine a spotlight on the wealth of actionable research happening at the University of Portsmouth. You'll find a strong focus on research relating to matters of health and wellbeing, space, sustainability, risk and security. 

Read about a wide variety of great projects with real social purpose. From creating theatre with veterans of the armed forces, to using satellite data to help an island community respond in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane, you'll see that Portsmouth brings innovative ideas and humanitarian concern to our research.

Discover how we've helped shape responses to the coronavirus pandemic, furthered humankind’s understanding of our place in the Universe, encouraged a more sustainable approach to fashion, used Virtual Reality to better understand real crime – and a lot more besides. I am thrilled by how much research at Portsmouth demonstrates both intellectual depth as well as generosity of spirit.

Who knows what our lives will look like later this year? What’s certain is that Portsmouth’s researchers will be playing their part in helping to solve problems, improve our lives and shape a better world.

Professor Graham Galbraith
Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

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Health and Wellbeing

We're seeking to manage health, disease and disability through technological, creative and scientific developments that tangibly support physical and mental wellbeing. 

In this issue of SOLVE, you'll meet extraordinary people whose ingenuity and services to humanity are inspiring – from restoring physical mobility and mental wellbeing to lives upended by accident or disease, through to creatively using theatre to help returned service men and women manage the emotional wounds inflicted in today’s conflict zones.

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It is quintessentially human to gaze into a night sky and wonder. It reflects why the human experience has been a journey of endless discovery about ourselves, our planet and what we must do to nurture it. 

The research featured in this issue of SOLVE starts from the frontier of astrophysics, delivering new insights into the cosmos and our place in it, through to the use of space tools such as satellites for delivering fast, effective disaster response in developing countries.

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The world is facing a tipping point in the relationship between people and nature that threatens planetary health and human wellbeing. Change is inevitable. The role of science and education is to ensure necessary economic and environmental transitions are positive.

Our research into reducing plastic waste is a benchmark for this worldwide effort. Similarly, resources sustainability is at the core of our research into less obvious, but just as damaging, activity such as the colossal waste in the world’s fashion industries.

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Risk and Security

The modern world presents countless security challenges – from physical and electronic security of individuals, organisations and societies, to food safety and security, and military drone use. 

Discover how our work is using new insights and methods to solve crime, tackle these threats and reduce the devastating impact of natural disasters on communities around the world.

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