Vice-Chancellor launches British Council Water Initiative

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, launched the British Council in Israel’s Water Research Initiative during a visit to the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

The Initiative will fund researchers from Britain and Israel to collaborate with researchers in countries facing water challenges.

In November 2014, Dr Nick Middleton of St Anne’s College, Oxford University, will chair the Water Research Initiative’s first event at the 5th International United Nations Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification. The seminar will bring together experts in aridity research from Britain and Israel with colleagues from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia and India.

Professor Hamilton commented:

“This was an inspiring visit. Through the British Council’s Global Water Initiative Britain and Israel will work with researchers from around the world to identify innovative solutions to one of humanity’s most pressing problems. We are particularly delighted that Dr Nick Middleton will chair the first event of this new initiative.”

Read the news article on the British Council website

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