Five delegates from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (SEPB) in China met University of Sheffield academics to identify potential research collaboration opportunities.
During their visit the delegation introduced their environmental action plan for the next 3–5 years for Shanghai and heard talks from University of Sheffield academics who are part of the Sheffield Water Centre. Sheffield experts shared their research on areas such as water management and quality, sustainable catchment management, restoration of natural aquatic systems, urban storm water and flood and drought management.
The Sheffield Water Centre is a group of multidisciplinary world-class researchers that have come together to create innovative approaches to solving the major challenges in the water sector. Around the world, water resources are already under pressure. Innovative approaches are needed to manage the challenges of ageing infrastructure, climate change and increasing population.
Commenting on the visit Mr Su Guodong, Deputy Director General, SEPB said: “We have had an insightful afternoon finding about your research. We feel we have been very welcome and have found out much about how we can control pollution and protect the environment. We feel there are huge areas of potential collaboration around industrial pollution and flooding problems. Sheffield academics are welcome to visit Shanghai. We have a good starting point for future collaborations and thank you for the excellent presentations.”
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor who met with the delegation added: “I am delighted to welcome the delegation to the University. I am glad they found their visit worthwhile; it is great to see we share an interest in important topics such as environmental sustainability which tie into so many of our strengths here at Sheffield.”
Professor Lorraine Maltby, Professor of Environmental Biology, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences who hosted the visit closed with the following: “Researchers here adopt a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to identify, quantify and manage environmental issues. Our research informs the development of environmental policy, as well as the setting of environmental standards and emission controls. It helps decision making by informing the prioritisation of protection goals and targeting areas for management, by providing tools for mitigating the impact of pollutants and by developing approaches for the restoration of degraded habitats. Our research overlaps with a number of the areas highlighted in the Shanghai Environmental Action Plan and we are keen to explore the many opportunities for collaboration.”