Saturday, January 13, 2007

Queen’s research showcased during Ontario government mission to India

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Source: Queen's University

The expertise of Queen’s researchers will be profiled internationally as part of an Ontario government-led mission to India. Lorna Jean Edmonds, director of Research Services, is taking part in the mission, which begins Sunday in New Delhi. She and other participants will also travel to Bangalore and Mumbai. Most other Ontario universities and several colleges, including St. Lawrence in Kingston, are sending representatives.

“This is an excellent opportunity to profile the work of Queen’s internationally recognized researchers,” said Dr. Edmonds. “We already have collaborations with a number of institutions in India, and this is a chance to build on existing partnerships, and forge new ones.”

During the mission, Dr. Edmonds will target seven areas where Queen’s and Indian institutions and industries can work together. They include: bringing innovative ideas to market; improving quality of life through communications technology; finding solutions for independent healthy living for everyone; preserving the environment/alternative energy; solving the mysteries of natural science; best business practices; and educating top graduate students.

Dr. Edmonds will also meet with Dr. F.C Kohli and other representatives of the Tata Group during the trip. Dr. Kohli, a Queen’s engineering graduate, was a featured speaker on “humanitarian engineering” at the 2006 Homecoming education forum. He will receive an honorary degree at this year’s spring convocation.

Dr. Edmonds will also travel to Chennai for further meetings with SRM University. Queen’s and SRM are currently collaborating on projects in population and public health, alternative energy and nanotechnology, and the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Agreement last June.


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