As humans we are stewards of the natural world. However, we are also exposed to threats that arise as a consequence of our interactions with pathogens, plants and animals – as well as other humans. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how vulnerable humanity can be, even in the developed world where many people enjoy security, health, and prosperity. Even once the pandemic has receded, we will remain vulnerable to the environmental consequences of a changing climate, including rising temperatures and sea levels, and food and water insecurity.
Meeting these challenges requires both a deep understanding of biological mechanism, and a firm grasp of human psychology and behaviour. More than ever, we need to work together to conduct high-quality, innovative research that will allow us to change the world for the better. Gathering world-class psychologists and biologists under the roof of the state-of-the-art Life and Mind Building (LaMB) provides an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary research that meets the emerging challenges of the 21st century.