Tackling the world’s environmental problems through innovation and interdisciplinary collaborations is the focus of the new Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER).
It will build on the University of Guelph’s expertise in the environment and sustainability by bringing together researchers from diverse fields.
“GIER includes researchers from all seven colleges at the University,” says Prof. Madhur Anand, the institute’s inaugural executive director. “Not many places in the world aim to contain such a breadth of environmental inquiry under one umbrella.”
More than 200 faculty members across campus study aspects of the environment. With annual funding of more than $400,000, GIER will stimulate collaborations and raise the profile of environmental research through conferences and other gatherings.
“As pressures on the global environment intensify, we must intensify our response as world leaders in many areas of research related to the environment,” says Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic).