The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is a major new institute established within Aberystwyth University in April 2008, engaged in teaching, research and enterprise. It aims to address some of the most important issues facing the world today - including sustainable land use, climate change and food and fuel security. With more than 300 staff, IBERS has the largest group of specialist scientists working in this field in the UK. IBERS research is directly aimed at producing practical solutions to problems. It seeks to improve food production and quality, develop sustainble agriculture and help combat the effects of global warming. IBERS' development of postgraduate researchers will ensure a stream of world leading scientists and practitioners. Aberystwyth's wonderful location overlooking Cardigan Bay, in one of the most beautiful and naturally unspoilt parts of the UK, will attract more world class scientists to enjoy an unrivalled quality of life.