Exeter hosts delegation from CUHK for collaborative environmental workshops

Exeter hosts delegation from CUHK for collaborative environmental workshops

A delegation of senior representatives from the Chinese University Hong Kong (CUHK) has visited the University of Exeter, to take part in a seminar-series designed to advance global environmental sustainability and resilience.

The 10-strong delegation participated in the two-day workshop, which also featured experts form the Met Office and was held at both Exeter’s Streatham Campus and the Penryn Campus in Cornwall earlier this month.

They were joined by researchers from Exeter’s Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES); Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS); and Social Sciences and International Studies (SSIS), as well as the University of Exeter Medical School and the Business School.

The workshop was organized as part of the Environment, Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE) joint research centre, between Exeter and CUHK for applied interdisciplinary research which will span environmental sciences and health sciences. 

The two universities have agreed to invest resources in the next generation of young researchers over the course of the next five years to support a range of high-impact research projects.

Launching on June 5, the centre is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and will see large, impactful interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle emerging issues related to a changing environment and human health and wellbeing.

CUHK and Exeter are already co-funding two post-doctoral appointments in ‘Oceans and Human Health’ for a period of three years, which commenced in August 2016.  This collaboration resulted in the award to Exeter of a NERC Industrial Innovation Fellowship, to the post doc who initiatilly received funding from the Exeter-CUHK collaboration. 

Professor Gavin Shaddick, the Co-Director of ENSURE and who led the workshop said: “This visit was a fantastic opportunity to hear from our colleagues at CUHK and explore synergies for potential collaboration in genuinely significant global and impactful research."

Date: 31 May 2018

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