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£12m "Grantham Institute for Climate Change" Launches

Feb 26 2007 14:57
Ashley Brown
Imperial's Institute for Climate Change has launched, with a £12m donation from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
See, they've cracked it already

Imperial announced this morning that the Institute for Climate Change, announced by the Rector at the Centenary Launch Lecture, will be funded by a £12m donation from the Grantham Foundation.

The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment was founded in 1997 by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham and supports a number of international charities, including the World Wildlife fund and Environmental Defence.

Climate change is the most important issue we face over the next fifty years. It is imperative we find technologies that can be implemented in government policies worldwide. I am confident that the Institute for Climate Change will be an idea leader and a strong voice in championing that endeavor.
Jeremy Grantham

Imperial began building research institutes a number of years ago, in order to bring people from different departments together in one place to focus on important topical issues. The structure is intended to provide increased adaptability and access to external funding. The Institute for Biomedical Engineering recently moved into its home in Bessemer, again thanks to external sponsorship.

The Grantham Institute for Climate Change will bring together public health specialists, mechanical, aeronautical and civil engineers and atmospheric physicists.

The announcement comes at a time when students are increasingly pressing the College to take some action over its huge energy consumption, which still sits at 63 million kWh per year (down by around 1.3 million from 2004 to 2005).

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Mar 01 2007 09:30
 

Is the department of bioengineering in bessemer? Or the institute of bioengineering? or both?

Mar 01 2007 09:35
 

Tristan can answer this better than me, but I'll have a shot. Bessemer contains:

  • the Institute of Biomedical Engineering
  • the "bio-incubator suite", which is space for College spin-out companies
  • bits of bioengineering

BioEng is still spread out all over the place, as the dedicated space for it is not finished yet.

Mar 01 2007 10:50
 

To my understanding Ashley is correct. In 18 months time, the Faculty is expected to move the department into the Bessemer Building after phase two of the refurb is finished.

Mar 01 2007 15:51
 

Thanks. I foolishly assumed that they'd have finished it all by now. Another 18 months? That's ages.

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