Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Researchers Set to Head Up Two Global Hubs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City Researchers Set to Head Up Two Global Hubs

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Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter

APS200M investment into 12 global research hubs to tackle the world's biggest challenges has been announced by the Government - and two of them will be in Newcastle.

Over the next five years the hubs will work across 85 countries to tackle global challenges, from improving human health and promoting gender equality to fortifying ecological systems and fostering greater resilience to natural disasters.

Two of the 12 hubs will be led by experts at Newcastle University - addressing the most pressing issues around future water security and the safeguarding of river deltas and their communities.

Led by Dr Andy Large and Professor Richard Dawson, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) GCRF Living Deltas and Water Security and Sustainable Development Hubs will bring together 94 organisations from 25 countries and draw on the expertise of scientists, engineers, geographers, architects and social scientists.

The new hubs are funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Each one aims to achieve tangible outcomes that will improve the lives and livelihoods of millions across the world.

Announcing the 12 UKRI GCRF Hubs alongside 16 other international research partnerships, Science and Universities Minister Chris Skidmore, said: "The UK has a reputation for globally influential research and innovation, and is at the centre of a web of global collaboration - showing that science has no borders."

Prof Andrew Thompson, UKRI Champion for International and Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), said: "Each hub has the potential to transform the quality of life for multitudes throughout the world and safeguard our planet for future generations."

| Living Deltas Hub Focusing on three deltas in Asia, this hub will work with the delta-dwellers and research community in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India, to safeguard delta futures through resilient communities and sustainable development. …

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