Science Minister Leanne Linard has marked Science Week 2023 by announcing four Brisbane scientists are set to strengthen the ties between Queensland and Chinese scientists while working on projects that will benefit the environment and help combat climate change.
The Queensland Government has committed a total of $500,000 under the Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaboration Science Fund to the projects, with matching funding provided by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The QCAS Fund supports Queensland and Chinese researchers to jointly undertake innovative and practical science and research projects in priority areas that will deliver benefits for Queensland and China.
The four scientists and their collaborative projects that will each receive $125,000 funding under the latest QCAS funding round are:
- Dr Ruirui Qiao, The University of Queensland, who is working with the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences on a Seawater-Degradable Plastic Materials project.
- Professor Zhihong Xu, Griffith University, who is working with the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences on a Nitrogen Cycle Under Climate Change project.
- Dr Justine Kemp, Griffith University, who is working with the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences investigating Past Asian-Australian Monsoon Variability.
- Professor Xiwang Zhang, The University of Queensland, who is working with the Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences on a Green Peroxide for Pollutants Removal project.
“If we are to protect our environment from the ongoing challenge of climate change, then we need to rely on science to show us the way,” Linard said.
“The projects to receive funding in the latest round of the Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaboration Science Fund grants program will help achieve our climate change and environmental objectives, from examining ways to lessen marine pollution, to improving water and nitrogen use throughout the ecosystem, better predictions of extreme weather events caused by climate change, and further developments in renewable energy.
“Reflecting the fact that climate change is not just a Queensland, or even Australian, but a global problem, with this funding our scientists can collaborate with their colleagues from our largest trading partner – China.
“Our collaboration with China in scientific endeavours will do much to enhance our own science development, delivering positive outcomes for all Queenslanders.”
Dr Justine Kemp said, “I am delighted to be one of the four Queensland researchers to be funded through the latest grant round of the Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaboration Science Fund.
“Research indicates that climate change will produce more extreme weather events across our region, but what is lacking is a proper understanding of the cross-hemispheric Monsoon response to major environmental changes in the land surface, the atmosphere, and the ocean.
“Our project with the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences will develop indices of monsoon strength from a reconstruction of past rainfall, regional ecology, and fire from selected sites in China and Australia.
“One of the outcomes of this project will be the development of real earth sciences data to allow better prediction of tropical rainfall in both countries.
“Combined with matching funding from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Queensland Government’s support will ensure the continuation of this vital research.”