The British Council, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry,Â launched first of six â€˜Newton Bhabha Researcher Link Workshopsâ€™ on 10th August 2016.Â Inaugurated by Mr. Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner at IIT Madras, the three-day workshop entitled â€˜Clean Water through Advanced and Affordable Materialsâ€™ brought together 12 UK and 15 Indian early career researchers. The workshop was led and coordinated by Dr David Jenkins from Plymouth University, UK and Dr Vasanthakumari from BS Abdur Rahman University in Chennai and had contributions from other leading researchers. Stephen Hawthorne, Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: â€œIt is exciting to see the fruition of this partnership with the British Council in Madras this week.
The programme enables us to offer excellent new opportunities for chemists to partner internationally over the next few years.â€ Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai said, â€œIâ€™m happy to see early career researchers from so many UK and Indian institutions. Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said, â€œThe British Councilâ€™s global reach and commitment to building strong international relationships enables us to better support Science. Through the Newton Bhabha Fund we will use the UKâ€™s strengths in research and innovation to support greater scientific research capacity in India and build research partnerships between British and India research institutions. Dr Vasanthakumari, Director, Polymer NanoTechnology Centre, B.S. Abdur Rahman University said, â€œThis Indo-UK workshop is focused on the most important societal issue of providing clean drinking water through affordable materials and nanotechnology. Leading universities from the UK (Cambridge, Nottingham and Cardiff) and India (IIT Delhi, IIT Madras and IIT Mandi) will contribute to the workshops that will take place in India.