The three core objectives of the Centre are:
- to research fundamental evolutionary questions
- to apply evolutionary principles to real-world problems
- to improve the public understanding of evolution
The research interests of the Milner Centre are very broad, encompassing molecular processes and comparative genomics, conservation and ecology, paleobiology and evolution in deep time, and the epidemiology of microbial pathogens. Our ambition is to apply basic evolutionary principles to help mitigate the greatest global challenges, such as climate change and the rise of antibiotic resistance. Our outreach program seeks to engage the general public in raising understanding of evolutionary concepts and to seek more effective teaching of evolution in schools at all levels.