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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 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 detecting early signs of health emergency through big data, through to exploring questions the pandemic raises for research ethics, the ‘Covid-generation’ of school children and the future of our social and working lives.

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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.

Discover how we’re working with global partners to fill a critical gap between awareness of the plastic pollution and effective action to reduce it, and taking forensic and legal action towards minimising wildlife crime.

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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 scientists have joined forces with more than 2.3 million keen amateurs to interrogate the nature of the cosmos more extensively than ever before, and delves into how tensions between consumer convenience and sustainable business practices have evolved through a rising trend in online shopping. 

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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. 

Discover how our researchers have harnessed the attention of 1,200 volunteer geographers to create a comprehensive record of placenames and the history of those names, and built a growing collection of eclectic Zines self-published by students, artists and colleagues worldwide.

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Read the previous issue

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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Research and innovation

Find out more about research opportunities at Portsmouth, and how you can help us tackle the planet's most urgent challenges. Start your research journey today.

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Revolution Plastics

From developing sustainable fashion to combatting microplastics, we’re putting our research into practice, working with local groups, organisations, businesses and individuals to solve the planet's plastic problem.

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News, events, and blogs

There's always plenty happening at the University of Portsmouth. Read our latest news, explore our upcoming events, and browse our blog here.

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PhDs and postgraduate research

Search the different types of research degrees we offer, find a pre-approved PhD project to apply for, explore the research subject areas we cover, discover your funding options, and start your application to become part of research at Portsmouth.

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Our research makes local, national and global impact. Find out more about the tangible results and real difference that our research has made in the world, and discover our plans for the future.

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