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Scientists from across five countries will collaborate on ambitious research to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ambitious Research to Help Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Global Goals, with the aim of ending extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. In 2017, NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) worked with the Rockefeller Foundation, commissioning a report delivered by the University of Sussex, which found that understanding the multiple ways we, as humans, interact with and depend on the environment is essential to achieving these aims.

Now, a multilateral call between the UK, India, China, Japan and Sweden has resulted in a collective £4·3 million funding for eight two-year research projects placing human-environment interactions at the heart of achieving the UN Global Goals.

The Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) research programme has seen NERC join forces with ESRC, both part of UK Research & Innovation, in collaboration with the Japanese Science & Technology Agency, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Swedish research council Formas.

Secretary Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Dr Renu Swarup, said:

“Achieving sustainable development goals is the topmost priority for India. Department of Biotechnology, Government of India has endeavoured to meet the enormous challenges that depleting natural resources and increasing human population puts on the planet. For a population of 1·3 billion it is vital that we collaborate with countries across the globe and address these challenges in a holistic and targeted manner.”

NERC Executive Chair Professor Duncan Wingham said:

“Realising the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, hunger and inequality across the globe, while preserving and maintaining our environmental resources, is key to ensuring future wellbeing and prosperity in both developed and developing countries.
“These multi-disciplinary projects will bring together researchers from five countries to help us understand the complex relationships between people and the environment, leading the global effort on finding comprehensive solutions to global challenges.”

Professor Alison Park, Director of Research at ESRC, said:

“ESRC is delighted to be supporting these valuable multi-disciplinary projects which aim to significantly improve our understanding of how people interact with their environment. Social science can shed unique insights in this area, and these contributions will be an important part of the journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”

Yoshiko Shirokizawa, Executive Director, Japan Science & Technology Agency, said:

“The TaSE programme explores the relationship between the natural environment and human society, with research outcomes expected to be employed for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Each project of this programme involves stakeholders from multiple sectors and countries to co-design research agendas and co-produce research results, together tackling the serious problems affecting both the natural environment and human society. We hope that their research outcomes will be utilised in many countries and regions and generate new methodologies for the realisation of a sustainable Earth.”

The projects awarded funding are as follows:

  • Nature’s contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs (Nature4SDGs)
    Kate Schreckenberg, King’s College London
    Countries: UK, India, Sweden

  • Peri-urbanisation & climate-environment change (PERI-CENE)
    Joseph Ravetz, The University of Manchester
    Countries: UK, India, Sweden

  • Social-economic-environmental trade-offs in managing the land-river-interface
    Robert Grabowski, Cranfield University
    Countries: UK, China, India

  • River basins as ‘living laboratories’ for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales
    Fabrice Renaud, University of Glasgow
    Countries: UK, China, Japan

  • Opportunities and trade-offs between the SDGs for food, welfare and the environment in deltas
    Robert Nicholls, University of Southampton
    Countries: UK, India, Sweden

  • Opportunities for climate mitigation and sustainable development (OPTIMISM)
    Raphael Slade, Imperial College London
    Countries: UK, Japan, India, Sweden

  • A systems approach to sustainable sanitation challenges in urbanising China (SASSI)
    Deljana Iossifova, The University of Manchester
    Countries: UK, China, Japan

  • Pathways of dispersal for cholera and solution tools (PODCAST)
    Marie-Fanny Racault, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
    Countries: UK, Japan, India

“ The Department of Biotechnology in partnership with Departments of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHDF), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, Departments of Health Research (DHR) and Health & Family Welfare (DHFW), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in collaboration with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB), Penn State University, USA is organizing the “One Health India Conference, 2019”, which will be held at Scope Convention Center, SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on February 18-19, 2019.

This premiere event will launch India’s new One Health Initiative – an inter-sectoral approach to tackling some of the world’s most urgent health threats including Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Antimicrobial Resistance, and bring together thought leaders from India and around the globe, and provide a platform for researchers, public and private stakeholders and policymakers to integrate knowledge and identify needs and opportunities to better coordinate activities to address major human, animal and environmental health challenges.

For registration and more information on One Health India Conference, please visit: http://onehealthindia.org/

Department of Biotechnology has given special emphasis to promote Nanobiotechnology having applications in various sectors of life sciences. Thus the department has initiated funding R&D in this area since 2007. Various scientists/ stakeholders have felt the need to have specific guidelines for evaluation of products in various sector of biological sciences developed through interventions of Nanotechnology. DBT is mandated to bring out manuals / guidelines specifying procedures that will help in regulatory process pertaining to development / commercialization of Nano products in bio-sectors in India.

Accordingly the department (through Indian Society of Nanomedicine) has formulated the draft “Guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India” after series of consultations with the stakeholders. The department had organized an inter-ministerial meeting recently and the draft guidelines have been further revised.

Click here to download Proposed Guidelines

The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on “Guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India” from the institutions/ industry/researchers engaged in research & development in Nanobiotechnology.
It is requested that comments/ observations pertaining to the same may be conveyed positively by March 10th, 2019 to nanobiotech.dbt@nic.in

Note:

  1. Mention “Comments on Nano Guidelines” in the subject line.
  2. Give reference of page number and para number against your each comment.
  3. Ensure to mention full name, affiliation and correspondence address at the Email Signature.

Department of Biotechnology has given special emphasis to promote Nanobiotechnology having applications in various sectors of life sciences. Thus the department has initiated funding R&D in this area since 2007. Various scientists/ stakeholders have felt the need to have specific guidelines for evaluation of products in various sector of biological sciences developed through interventions of Nanotechnology. DBT is mandated to bring out manuals / guidelines specifying procedures that will help in regulatory process pertaining to development / commercialization of Nano products in bio-sectors in India.

Accordingly the department (through Indian Society of Nanomedicine) has formulated the draft “Guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India” after series of consultations with the stakeholders. The department had organized an inter-ministerial meeting recently and the draft guidelines have been further revised.

Click here to download Proposed Guidelines

The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on “Guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India” from the institutions/ industry/researchers engaged in research & development in Nanobiotechnology.
It is requested that comments/ observations pertaining to the same may be conveyed positively by March 10th, 2019 to nanobiotech.dbt@nic.in

Note:

  1. Mention “Comments on Nano Guidelines” in the subject line.
  2. Give reference of page number and para number against your each comment.
  3. Ensure to mention full name, affiliation and correspondence address at the Email Signature.