Jan 25, 2016, 12:45 AM
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First UK-Iran research cooperation on global challenges on water

London, Jan 24, IRNA - Researchers from Iran and the UK will meet in London on Monday at the first official research symposium in seven years to address global challenges on water resources.

With recent improvements in international relations with Iran, this event is the first scientific symposium between the two countries since 2009.

A sum of 40 researchers and senior academics from the UK and Iran will meet in London on January 25 (Monday) to share expertise around water resource management.

The event, organized by Dr Kaveh Madani from the Center for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK, is in partnership with the British Council.

Considering Iran’s strength in scientific research, there is a call for stronger links between scientific institutions in the UK and Iran.

“The UK and Iran are both very strong in terms of scientific research. We are delighted that by bringing together the best researchers and institutions in both countries through the British Council’s series of researcher workshops, we are able to support the development of greater cooperation and collaboration which will benefit both countries. We hope that as a result of this event we will see more collaboration on shared scientific interests between the UK and Iran,” Dr Fatemeh Ahmadi, Science, Research and Higher Education Manager, British Council Iran said.

“Water shortage is a global challenge and a good cause to help us unite and plan for more effective scientific exchanges that help securing sustainable water resources worldwide. Both Iran and UK recognize water security as an essential element to sustainable development. Iran is well-known for its historic innovative water management methods and UK is recognized for its valuable contributions to the water resources management field. We have a lot to exchange and learn from each other. This is, hopefully, just a start of a long and fruitful journey,” Dr. Kaveh Madani, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London said.

“Stimulating science and research dialogue is a critically important way to exchange knowledge and build a greater level of trust between the UK and Iran. Educational cooperation and collaboration is a powerful way to build a deeper and more friendly knowledge and understanding of different cultures and nations,' Danny Whitehead, Director British Council Iran said,

The workshop will bring in established researchers from the UK, Iran and the US to support the early career researchers.