Future occupants

Cambridge Conservation Initiative

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and nine leading biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around Cambridge, UK. Founded in 2007, CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. By joining together in strategic collaborations, the CCI partners aim to tackle new and existing issues with innovative approaches, and across disciplines, in ways that cannot be achieved by any one partner alone.

CCI’s conservation campus, which will be located on the upper three floors of the Arup Building, will be home to 500 conservation professionals, drawn from across CCI partners. The campus will provide a dynamic working environment for its residents, encouraging and nurturing interdisciplinary connections between researchers and practitioners. More widely, the campus will act as a hub for conservation excellence, with opportunities for interaction at local, national and international scales with decision-makers, researchers, educators, practitioners and researchers.

For more information visit the CCI website.


Museum of Zoology

The University Museum of Zoology is home to one of the greatest zoology collections in the world and is designated as being of outstanding international importance historically and scientifically. Its collections contain some 4 million specimens illustrating the amazing diversity of animal life on Earth. The historic collections were accumulated from 1814 onwards, and include many specimens collected by Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and other key figures of 19th and 20th century biology. Several uniquely important collections have been added in recent times including early tetrapod fossils from Scotland and elsewhere that are of central importance for understanding the origin of land vertebrates.

The University Museum of Zoology is based in the ground and lower ground floors of the Arup building, which has been its home since the building was created. As part of the Arup building redevelopment the Museum is undergoing a major refurbishment of the public galleries and stores, including the creation of a new discovery space, school room and state-of-the-art environmentally controlled stores. It is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide increased public access to this amazing collection of the wonders of the animal kingdom.

For more information visit the University Museum of Zoology website


Department of Zoology

Zoology is one of the largest science departments in the University of Cambridge, with approximately 160 staff, 90 PhD students and 100 final-year undergraduate students. Research staff are grouped in six thematic areas covering topics from cells to ecosystems. Zoology staff will move back into the Arup Building in time for the Department’s 150th anniversary (1866-2016). Whilst the majority of Zoology staff will remain in the main Zoology building fronting onto Downing Street, three groups of Zoology staff will be moving into the refurbished Arup Building: Museum-based staff, who are currently working towards a major Museum re-opening in the summer of 2016; conservation science-related staff, who will join conservation practitioners within the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) space; and a group of researchers in molecular and ecological fields.

For more information visit the Department of Zoology website.