News Details | 02-Oct-2009

Inaugural UK-Singapore water forum focuses on innovative technologies and business tie-ups

Some 200 representatives from industry and academia are meeting today to share the latest in water technologies and to explore new opportunities for collaboration in the strategic area of water security. Such efforts are in line with Singapore’s ongoing national quest for long-term stability and security in its water supply.

Gracing the inaugural Water Futures Forum held at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is His Royal Highness The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, who is visiting Singapore in his capacity as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

The heightening of the UK-Singapore cooperation in water and wastewater management underlines the increasing challenge facing national governments today. This can be seen in the rapidly escalating demand for water due to population growth, growing industrialisation and urbanisation and the threat of climate change. International cooperation, together with innovative water technologies and strong policies is therefore vital in determining the sustainable supply of water, more so for small city-states like Singapore.

The Duke of York said: “The UK and Singapore enjoy excellent business ties in many diverse areas. One area in which cooperation could be further encouraged is in the area of water management and supply. The inaugural Water Futures Forum organised by UK and Singapore is thus a good opportunity for representatives from both countries to share the latest in water technology that may provide improved solutions in the security and supply of water.”

Apart from presentations by leading experts on the latest research and industry applications of water technology, the Forum is also a platform for unique networking opportunities between UK and Singapore companies and water related agencies. A key objective of the Forum is the bringing together of companies from both countries that could sprout exciting new tie-ups and linkages in advancing the field of water and waste water management.

NTU President, Dr Su Guaning said that the Water Futures Forum is an excellent opportunity for both countries to exchange views, establish new contacts and renew acquaintances.

“Water is a strategic resource globally, more so for a small city-state like Singapore. The Forum is thus in line with Singapore’s quest for a stable and secure supply of water through the utilisation of innovation and technology. The sharing of expertise and knowledge between participants from the UK and Singapore will be beneficial to both Singapore’s research community as well as the rest of the water industry, through the creation of new synergies and value in water research,” says Dr Su.

The Water Futures Forum held at the Nanyang Executive Centre is organised by NTU’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), UK Trade & Investment and the UK-Singapore Partners in Science. The Forum is also supported by the British High Commission Singapore, British Water, The Royal Society of Chemistry and PUB Singapore.

NTU engages both academia and the industry in the environmental science and technology field through NEWRI. NEWRI serves as the door through which industry and research partners can access NTU’s environmental science and engineering education and R&D expertise.

“NEWRI is an eco-system of research groups and centres which provides a contiguous value chain from education and research through to translation, development and application. NTU, being a leading player in the environmental and water technology domain, we are pleased to co-organise the Water Futures Forum and provide the opportunity for partners from industry and academia to interact,” says NEWRI’s Executive Director, Professor Ng Wun Jern.

The Duke of York, who is in Singapore on a two-day official visit, also witnessed today the signing ceremony of the collaboration between NTU and University of Warwick, UK in the field of neuroscience research.

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Media Contact:

Hisham Hambari
Assistant Director, Corporate Communications Office, NTU
Tel: +65 6790 6447

Esther Au Yong     
Director of Communications
British High Commission Singapore
Tel.: +65 6424 4271

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About the UK-Singapore Partners in Science initiative
The UK-Singapore Partners in Science programme is celebrating its 5th year in 2009 and continues to significantly deepen ties between the UK, Singapore and the wider South East Asia region. The programme started as a year-long campaign in November 2004 to celebrate the excellence of UK Science and highlight collaborative opportunities with Singapore. The campaign was launched by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and run by the British High Commission, Singapore.

The campaign was such a success in delivering real benefits to the UK-Singapore science relationship that in July  2005,  then  British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong decided to convert the campaign into a long-term strategic programme. Since the programme began, over 40 workshops have been held across a range of disciplines. Over 155 collaborative development awards have also been made to scientists in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines and more than 65 collaborations have resulted from these funded trips.

The UK-Singapore Partners in Science programme was also instrumental in establishing the A*STAR - MRC Collaborative Research Fund. S$6 million has been set aside to fund research on infectious diseases jointly carried out by researchers in the UK and Singapore.


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