Taiwan, British science agencies sign MOU on research cooperation

Taipei, The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.K.'s leading public funder of environmental science Thursday, to promote exchanges in natural environment research.

The MOU was signed by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Su Fong-chin (???) and Duncan Wingham, chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), at Taiwan's representative office in London, the ministry said in a statement.

Under the agreement, the two institutions will work together to conduct research into getting benefits from natural resources, restoring damaged environment and managing environmental change, through mutual visits by scientists, research exchanges, equipment sharing and holding seminars or forums, according to the statement.

The natural environment is a global issue, the ministry noted, adding that it requires research by international scientific experts in multiple fields to search for pragmatic solutions.

The inking of the MOU is expected to help enhance research standards in the natural sciences in the two countries, the ministry said.

Wingham said that through collaboration, he believes the two sides will be able to develop more effective research tools to hammer out solutions to global environment related issues.

NERC is the U.K.'s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic sciences.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel