Date of release: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Indo UK Launch A new era of scientific collaboration between the UK and India begins this month at the University of Greenwich with the opening of the Indo-UK Centre for Environment Research and Innovation (IU-CERI).

The launch event takes place at the university's Medway Campus on Monday 24 October. Among the guests will be prominent members of the UK and Indian scientific community, including the Director General of the Indian Council of Science and Industrial Research, Dr Girish Sahni.

Professor Colin Hills, Professor of Environment and Materials Engineering at the university, and an IU-CERI Director, says: "This relationship between Greenwich and the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research is focussed on the development of low-carbon solutions to India's environment problems.

"For example, as India's economy rapidly develops new technological solutions are required to address diverse issues. including rising carbon emissions, the impacts from the extraction of natural resources, and the development of a circular economy, which keeps resources in use rather than using them up."

The collaboration will develop joint research and expertise with direct links to the Indian Government, businesses and communities.

The partnership between the university and the institute started in 2015 when the Royal Society, London and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology sponsored a "low carbon mission" to India, led by Greenwich.

"The aim of the mission was to introduce innovative UK technology to Indian environmental problems through knowledge sharing and staff exchanges," adds Colin. "Last year the Prime Ministers of both countries jointly declared the year 2016 as the UK-India year of Education, Research and Innovation."

The institute's Indian launch, to be held early next year, will be attended by members of the Indian Government, key industries and UK researchers affiliated with IU-CERI.

For more on the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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