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New UEA professor awarded top science honour

Mon, 04 Nov 2002

A new Professor at the University of East Anglia has been awarded one of UK science's top honours - a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Professor John Schellnhuber, who joined UEA in October, receives the award for his research in the field of integration science, which examines how very complex problems need solutions involving input from many directions.

Professor Schellnhuber, who is Research Director at the Tyndall Centre, is applying his research to the complex problem of climate change.

"This is probably the first Research Merit Awards to be made in interdisciplinary environmental sciences and we're delighted that Professor Schellnhuber's contribution has been recognised in this way," said Professor Mike Hulme, Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre.

The award, which is worth around GBP 250,000 over five years, will be used by Professor Schellnhuber to develop an integrated assessment system that can be used to tackle, in parallel, a multitude of difficult climate change questions.

Professor Schellnhuber joined UEA from the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany, where he was the founding Director.

Research Merit Awards are made jointly by the Royal Society and the Wolfson Foundation as a means of attracting the very best scientists to work in the UK.