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National research networks

Sêr Cymru supports 3 national research networks.

These networks pool the expertise of Wales' universities in 'grand challenge' areas of science:

  • advanced materials and manufacturing
  • life sciences
  • energy and environment.

The National Research Network in Advanced Engineering and Materials (external link) supports research into materials and innovative manufacturing processes, novel modelling techniques, and advanced sensors and devices.


The Life Sciences Research Network Wales (external link) supports research into the development of new therapeutic treatments in areas of unmet medical and veterinary need.


The National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (external link) supports research into the sustainable management of natural resources, particularly the provision of energy, water and food with the delivery of other ecosystem services.