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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.

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Introducing the current issue

In this edition of SOLVE, you can read about a study which may point the way towards cushioning the pains of ageing. A revolution in sports bras, driven by biomechanics. An algorithm with potential to transform the experience of bowel cancer. The discovery of new dinosaurs. And recommendations for tackling corruption that mars major sporting events.

This issue also spotlights significant initiatives based at the University. Revolution Plastics is our bold venture to build a globe-spanning plastics economy based on circular principles. Mission Space harnesses a wealth of expertise to put a rocket under the UK space sector. And our Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality offers students and organisations a portal into worlds of their own devising. 

Experts from across our faculties also share their insights and research aspirations across a host of pressing topics – from the cost of living crisis, to sustainable finance and renewable energy. I hope you find this a fascinating read and a source of optimism.

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 support physical and mental wellbeing. 

In this issue of SOLVE, you’ll meet extraordinary people whose ingenuity and services to humanity are inspiring — from the development of an algorithm with potential to transform the experience of bowel cancer, through to advances in bra science that are changing the game for elite athletes, women in the military and schoolgirls alike. 

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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.

This issue of SOLVE reveals how we’re working with global partners to build a globe-spanning plastics economy based on circular principles, and helping to influence the future of sustainable finance and renewable energy.

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Future and Emerging Technologies

As we evolve into a more technological society, our increasing interconnectivity can fuel changes both positive and negative, depending on where you’re standing.

Research in this issue of SOLVE shows how our ambitious Mission Space is boosting the UK space sector in a range of exciting ways, and how our new Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) is leading the way for a host of organisations to tap into the advantages of advanced tech.  

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Democratic Citizenship

Democratic citizenship looks beyond nations, borders, communities, languages, histories, genders and bodies to promote equality, citizenship and civic engagement across multiple disciplines. 

In the new issue of SOLVE, discover how our researchers have proposed ways to tackle corruption that can mar major sporting events, and considered important questions around a post-pandemic pathway back to policing which commands public confidence.

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If you enjoyed reading the current issue of SOLVE, take a look at our previous issue for stories about world-leading advances towards solving major environmental challenges on land and at sea and our acclaimed gender research that introduces functional, positive change through innovative tools, processes, programmes and mindsets.


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