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UEA wins leadership of European Hub for Global Environmental Research

Thu, 03 Jul 2014

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA) has today been awarded the European Hub of Future Earth, a new international initiative to coordinate and support research on environmental change and the challenges of sustainability.

The European Hub at UEA will oversee and lead the coordination of research from thousands of scientists and support the design of research with public, private and science funders. The European Hub supports the five global hubs, which will function together and are located in Canada, France, Japan, Sweden and the United States. Future Earth embraces scientists of all relevant research disciplines.

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre, who led the bid to host the hub in Norwich, said: "I am delighted that the European Hub of Future Earth will be at UEA. It is a global recognition of UEA's expertise in environmental research and leadership."

Prof Le Quéré is also a member of the Future Earth Science Advisory Committee.

UEA's Prof Andrew Watkinson is the acting director of the European Hub and a former director of the Tyndall Centre.

Prof Watkinson said: "I am excited to be working across Europe with partnerships and science communication at the core of the new Future Earth."

Future Earth is a sponsor of a conference held this week at UEA on Earth System Governance. The 200 conference delegates are assessing equitable governing of the Earth's resources.

On Monday, The Prince of Wales gave the opening address to the conference delegates and the public, expressing the need to adopt the wisdom of sustainability.

Further recognition of UEA's scientific renown came recently when a leading academic publishing company, Thompson Reuters, ranked Norwich as the fourth city in the UK for most highly cited research, behind Cambridge, London and Oxford. Citations are a direct measure of the influence of a researchers' work on other scientists.