Scientific solutions for grand challenges


A building planned to cater for growing enrolments at the IITB-Monash Research Academy

Research leaders from Australia and India will come together in Melbourne next week to discuss how science can develop innovative responses to environmental and future energy challenges.

Monash University will host the forum Australia and India: Grand Challenges - Shared Perspectives featuring representatives from Monash and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).

The forum's panel will be made up of Monash University Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Edwina Cornish, Dean of Engineering, Professor Tam Sridhar and Director of IITB, Professor Devang Khakhar.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, CEO of the IITB-Monash Research Academy.

The Academy, a joint-venture research partnership between IITB and Monash, conducts research through a highly-collaborative PhD program. Students are supervised by both Monash and IITB, spend time at both campuses and are awarded a jointly-badged degree. More than 80 students are enrolled in the fast-growing Academy, which is focused on engineering, modelling, nanotechnology, energy, water, infrastructure, biotechnology and stem-cells.

"The ongoing partnership between Monash and IITB has given a new perspective on a lot of the big issues facing both countries and how research can address them. The need to engage our best minds in addressing challenges like energy is clear, as is the need to work together, across borders, on solving them," Professor Krishnamoorthy said.

"All of the panel members, due to their association with the Academy are in a unique position to comment on the benefits of collaboration, and I anticipate a robust and informative discussion."

Professor Krishnamoorthy said a key aspect of the discussion would be how vital research will be funded in the future.

"Panelists will also discuss ways to increase the return on investment in research and encourage innovation across science, engineering and technology," Professor Krishnamoorthy said.

Australia and India: Grand Challenges - Shared Perspectives will take place 3-5pm, Tuesday 6 March at Monash University Council Chambers, Building 3A, Clayton campus.