The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – University of Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE) held an international workshop on urgent issues confronting environmental sustainability and human health from 25 to 26 February 2019 in Hong Kong.
The workshop brought together 40 multi-disciplinary researchers, including researchers from the University of Queensland. It was co-chaired by the Co-Directors of ENSURE – Professor Gabriel Lau, Co-Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES) at CUHK and Professor Gavin Shaddick, the Chair of Data Science and Statistics and Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Exeter. The participants reviewed collaborative projects currently in progress, and discussed new avenues of joint research and funding opportunities in the future. There was discussion of opportunities for postgraduate student exchange and training through Exeter’s new Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Futures, which will involve 50 PhD studentships commencing in the next five years.
Current ENSURE projects relate to such issues as atmospheric pollution, global food security and the sustainability of coastal megalopolises in China’s Greater Bay Area. The workshop also covered issues relating to carbon capture and storage, regulatory aspects of carbon emissions, and green technology.
Professor Gabriel Lau said, “Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing our society today. It affects food supply, availability of water resources and air quality. Tackling these global environmental concerns requires complementary expertise from diverse disciplines and sectors. This international workshop brought together a group of top international scholars from different research fields, enhancing cooperation between our universities while endeavouring for global sustainable development.”
Professor Gavin Shaddick added, “Environmental intelligence, the use of artificial intelligence to extract meaningful insights from various environmental data sources, will facilitate researchers to understand the complex environmental challenges and identify potential solutions. The collaborative research and development efforts through ENSURE is cultivating next-generation talents equipped with new skills for future solutions.”