The Horizons Institute provides a shared platform for tackling global challenges. These challenges are too complex to address in a single academic discipline or sector.
To have the biggest impact on the most pressing global issues we need collaboration, bringing together diverse skills, ideas and perspectives.
Our supportive environment creates opportunities to develop new collaborations that inspire bold ideas and approaches. We help academics enhance their interdisciplinary skills, build their careers and elevate interdisciplinary research – at Leeds and around the world.
We connect interdisciplinary research with communities, NGOs and charities, local authorities, policymakers, businesses and the public, developing research together to create a positive impact.
Our aim is to get researchers from all walks of life talking to each other, and to people with real-world challenges. It is about a two-way flow of ideas and co-designing solutions.
Learn more about our ambitions and measures of success.
If you are a University of Leeds colleague, community, NGO, charity, local authority, policymaker, business or member of the public, find out how we can work together.
Meet the driving forces of the Horizons Institute community: researchers dedicated to tackling global challenges collaboratively beyond disciplinary boundaries.
A technology designed to support keyhole surgery in remote health clinics in India could be extended to other countries, thanks to funding from the Horizons Institute Crucible programme.
Pairing artists with researchers at the University’s Bragg Centre for Materials Research is helping develop materials of the future and sparking new ideas.
Connections made through the University’s Crucible programme have led Dr Lisa-Dionne Morris to new projects as varied as watering can design and virus detection.