University of Adelaide and Indian Institute of Science forge closer ties for sustainable future

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The University of Adelaide and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore have joined forces to facilitate the exchange of expertise, research, and innovation in the fields of energy and sustainability.

Representatives from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, and Technology, along with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Resources (ISER), engaged in constructive discussions with counterparts from IISc’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research in Bangalore during a meeting held in January.

The exchange of research insights marked the beginning of a dialogue that aims to deepen collaborative efforts between the two institutions, the University of Adelaide revealed in a news release.

The agenda included discussions on joint research initiatives, the possibility of experts from each institution working collaboratively, and exploring research grant opportunities designed to benefit both institutions and their respective communities.

These discussions build upon previous meetings, including a Senior Executive Mission to India in March 2023 led by the University of Adelaide’s Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Peter Hoj AC and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Dr Jessica Gallagher.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) Dr Jessica Gallagher emphasised the immense potential for collaboration, stating, “There are great opportunities to work together in areas that are not only strengths of both institutions but are also of significant national importance to both our countries.”

The visit culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Adelaide and IISc, solidifying a commitment to ongoing mutually beneficial collaboration and joint research projects.

This agreement lays a crucial foundation for the University’s broader strategic engagement with Indian institutions, with plans underway to explore a comprehensive collaboration plan with IISc.

As these two prestigious institutions come together, the stage is set for transformative advancements in sustainability and energy, contributing to a shared and more sustainable future.

Dr Gallagher also expressed that the University is enthusiastic about exploring strategic opportunities with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

“We are committed to this partnership and will work together to develop solutions to global problems,” she noted.

Professor Abhishek K. Singh, chair of the Office of International Relations (OIR) at the Indian Institute of Science, expressed optimism regarding the partnership with the University of Adelaide.

“We truly anticipate the extension of this cooperation to other interdisciplinary areas, where we look forward to working together and solving problems with global impact,” the professor concluded.