About ICAL

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life is a unique centre of research excellence in palaeontology, archaeology, and evolutionary biology.

The centre has fostered collaborations across the physical, engineering, material, medical and biological sciences producing innovative interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer. The unique research facilities offered by the University of Manchester underpin the diverse research programmes within ICAL. The centre build upon established research and teaching programmes in palaeontology, biomechanics, imaging and evolutionary biology. The ICAL team represents the growing number of students and researchers operating at the interface between life sciences and physical sciences across the University of Manchester.

ICAL is a thriving research centre, and fosters the highest academic values and educational innovation. It sustains a worldwide reputation for excellent interdisciplinary practice, and exploits the full range of physical and chemical analysis techniques. Our research has tangible effects with global impact. ICAL is building upon the exceptional breadth, strength, and scale that defines the University of Manchester.

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Key partners include:
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Bringing together nine highly rated Schools, this Faculty has a powerful reputation for teaching and research success.
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
Located in Menlo Park, California, SLAC is a multi-program national laboratory exploring frontier questions in photon science, astrophysics, biochemistry, material science, particle physics and accelerator research.
Palaeontology
Palaeontology
Palaeontology research at The University of Manchester is focused on applying new techniques to some very old problems.
Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum
Located on Oxford Road, Manchester Museum displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history, with an important collection of palaeontology objects.
Diamond Light Source
Diamond Light Source
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility
Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility
The Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility is an EPSRC Small Facility, providing world-leading tomography capability for all academic and commercial users.
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