UON ranked in the world's top 150 for Environmental Sciences
The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia's environmental science discipline has ranked in the top 150 in the world, confirmed by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.
A major part of this field of study at UON is the complex nature of environmental issues such as climate change, contamination, human impacts, the biodiversity crisis and conservation of natural resources.
UON is home to the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), which joined the University of Newcastle in 2015. A world-leading group focusing on environmental remediation research, GCER aims to enhance Australia's economic, environmental and social wellbeing, and community engagement thereby boosting UON’s international competitiveness.
GCER’s work spans the whole of Australia and beyond, with research partnerships growing in a number of countries worldwide, including China, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and several European Union nations.
A current area of focus for GCER’s research is developing sustainable and ‘green’ remediation technologies. This green approach seeks to exploit the unique properties of biological material (e.g. plants or microorganisms) rather than potentially dangerous synthetic chemicals that may pose a subsequent risk to people or the environment.
Director, Professor Ravi Naidu (pictured above), has been involved with contaminants research for over two decades and has gained advanced leadership and management experience in environmental sustainability throughout this period.
“GCER’s collaboration with the University of Newcastle has been essential in strengthening our ability to create a cleaner, safer and healthier future for the world.
“With our wide alliance of industry partners, government regulators and scientists, and community engagement GCER is determined for Australia to make a material difference to the problem of environmental remediation, on both a national and global scale,” Professor Naidu said.
Professor Naidu also leads the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, which relocated to the University in 2015. His professional experience, team of cutting-edge researchers and global connections continue to contribute to the world-class subject area of environmental science at the University of Newcastle.
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