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Creating a sustainable research agenda

16 February 2009

A leading figure in the European Commission will argue the case for greater research involvement in sustainability at Cardiff University tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 17).

Dr Nicole Dewandre, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit in the European Commission Directorate General for Research, will speak on What can Research and Development do for Sustainability?

In May, the European Commission is to host a conference in Brussels on how best to reform European research to meet sustainable development challenges. It will also look at ways to improve the link between science and policy-making and between science and society.

In her talk at Cardiff, Dr Dewandre will look at the present links between sustainability policy and research policy in the EU. She will ask what the research community can do to advance sustainability and explain how the European Commission is organised to engage member states in this task.

Cardiff University is already well-placed as an international leader in sustainable research, with work from its academics being presented at a number of global conferences on climate change. Over the past five years, the University has received more than £35m in external funding for research projects into various aspects of sustainability, involving more than 120 researchers from 11 different academic schools.

The lecture is co-hosted by the University’s Regeneration Institute and the Research and Commercial Division. It begins at 6pm in the Committee Rooms of the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University. To attend, please contact Dr Rebecca Edwards on or 029 208 706014.


Notes to Editors

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Visit the University website at:

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Stephen Rouse

Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 5596