The Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research was launched in December 2008 by Sir David Attenborough. Based in the School of Natural Sciences, the TCBR brings together researchers from across Trinity College Dublin (TCD) to provide a broad base of expertise in a range of biodiversity research areas, enabling research to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries to encompass biological, social, economic, legal and political aspects of biodiversity. From basic blue skies research to practical solutions and applications for stakeholders, we use state of the art and innovative approaches to deliver excellence in biodiversity knowledge for capacity building and increased public awareness. This exciting combination of researchers allows novel synergistic collaborations that are crucial for the development of national, European and international policy, and strategic recommendations to ensure global environmental sustainability.
“The challenge of biodiversity loss is the greatest problem facing humanity” Sir David Attenborough, December 2008, TCBR LaunchClick here to download the TCBR Strategic Plan
“The mission of Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research (TCBR) is to bring together researchers from different disciplines whose research is on or relates to biodiversity. As a result of synergistic collaborative research, the wide base of expertise in TCBR will provide the critical mass and innovative approaches to deliver excellence in biodiversity research, and knowledge for education (including both capacity building and increased public awareness). Ultimately, our research will be crucial for the development of national, European and international policy and strategic recommendations to ensure global environmental sustainability.”
Biodiversity is defined as the variability among living organisms from all sources including the ecological complexes of which they are part. It is the foundation of ecosystem services upon which human well-being depends. However, biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate, which is eroding our capacity to sustain the planet. Given the recent recognition of climate change as a key driver for biodiversity loss, in association with historical challenges of habitat and land use change, the conservation of biodiversity is at the core of sustainable development. It is only through the utilisation of the living environment in a renewable fashion that we can achieve a sustainable future.
The Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research represents a core of skilled academic researchers in the field and aims to promote innovative and interdisciplinary research encompassing all aspects affecting the natural world. The Centre is the first of its kind in Ireland and is a flagship initiative for the School of Natural Sciences and for Trinity College.