Newton Prize 2019 winners

25 September 2020 ChinaNewton FundNewton Prize
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Speaker 1: (Professor Wang Hongan)
With the Newton Fund’s support, we have brought together an interdisciplinary research team of over 40 researchers from China and the UK
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Caption: Newton Prize UK-China winner
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Caption: Professor Wang Hongan, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Speaker 1: (Professor Wang Hongan)
With the Newton Fund’s support, we have brought together an interdisciplinary research team of over 40 researchers from China and the UK
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Speaker 1: (Professor Wang Hongan)
The team combines the strength of the UK in service design
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Speaker 1: (Professor Wang Hongan)
And China’s strengths in big data analysis and natural interaction technology
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Speaker 1: (Professor Wang Hongan)
We hope to use big data technology and natural interaction technology to provide personalised services
For the vulnerable groups in cities and towns, such as the elderly and the disabled
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Speaker 2: (Professor Shengfeng Quin)
This project offers a great opportunity for UK research and Chinese research to understand the challenges
And different research context and application background and in the meanwhile identify multidisciplinary based research solutions
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Caption: Professor Shengfeng Quin, Northumbria University School of Design
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Speaker 2: (Professor Shengfeng Quin)
And also enable long term future partnership and research collaboration between researchers in these two countries and beyond
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Caption: Newton Prize UK-Indonesia Winner
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Speaker 3: (Professor Richard Haigh)
Coastal cities are especially exposed to the impacts of climate change and other disaster risks resulting from natural hazards
And these events tend to affect the poorest and the most marginalised communities
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Caption: Professor Richard Haigh, University of Huddersfield
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Speaker 3: (Professor Richard Haigh)
We’ve been working with local actors in Jakarta and Denpasar, Indonesia
To help them better integrate disaster risk reduction, with climate change adaption approaches
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Speaker 3: (Professor Richard Haigh)
So the idea has been to improve the speed and the accuracy with which they can disseminate early warning information
To communities at risk, both in Indonesia and also across the Indian Ocean
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Speaker 4: (Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga)
In Indonesia, the recent near-field tsunamis have posed additional challenges to the existing tsunami early warning system
So if we win this prize, what we are planning to do, is to sort of use it
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Caption: Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield
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Speaker 4: (Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga)
To increase the capacity of institutions and other stakeholders,
In capturing near-field tsunamis and transforming that information to people at the ground level.
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Speaker 5: (Dr Devendra Saroj)
Through our project, we are trying to address different challenges related to sanitation, rapid urbanisation and related protection of the aquatic environment
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Caption: Dr Devendra Saroj, Senior Lecturer – University of Surrey
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Speaker 5: (Dr Devendra Saroj)
The solution we have proposed for the project, is to do with a new method of recovering important resources from wastewaters, human excreta basically.
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Speaker 6: (Professor Michael Promentilla)
The wastewater generated from the households are actually being discharged into water bodies
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Speaker 6: (Professor Michael Promentilla)
These nutrients pollute the water bodies in terms of eutrophication
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Speaker 6: (Professor Michael Promentilla)
We found out that these nutrients can be recovered from this wastewater and can be converted to a next-generation fertiliser
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Speaker 5: (Dr Devendra Saroj)
We have partnered with three universities. Two from the UK, University of Surrey, University of Nottingham
And our partner in the Philippines, De La Salle University
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Speaker 6: (Professor Michael Promentilla)
In any research, diversity is the key to create more innovations and partnering with my UK counterparts, in fact, provided me with a different perspective
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Speaker 7: (Professor Philip Lewis)
The big context here is feeding people. So we’re doing remote sensing of agriculture
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Caption: Professor Philp Lewis, Department of Geography – University College London
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Speaker 7: (Professor Philip Lewis)
And the big issue is we have ever increasing global populations with increasing pressures on agriculture
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Speaker 7: (Professor Philip Lewis)
So our project partner in this work has been China, we work with various Chinese institutions
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Speaker 8: (Professor Ren Jianqiang)
With the emergence of problems in resources, environment and climate change,
Food security has become an important issue in the world
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Caption: Professor Ren Jianqiang, Chinese academy of agricultural sciences
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Speaker 8: (Professor Ren Jianqiang)
Our joint UK China team used the new technologies of remote sending and data assimilation
To improve the accuracy of crop yield estimation
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Speaker 8: (Professor Ren Jianqiang)
At present the accuracy of regional crop yield estimation has increased by about 10%
And reached more than 90%
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Speaker 8: (Professor Ren Jianqiang)
Supported by the Newton Fund
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences has established a good collaboration
With UCL which masters top remote sensing technology
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Speaker 8: (Professor Ren Jianqiang)
We will further apply mature technologies to other crops domestically
And to other regions in the world such as South America and Africa
To improve global food security and sustainable agricultural development
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With special thanks to our delivery partners:
British Council
Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry
Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation
Ministry of Research and Technology/National Research and Innovation Agency (Kemenristek/BRIN)
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Science and Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation

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