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New partnership focuses on Yangtze River ecosystems

Tongji signing

Queen’s University has entered into a new phase of its collaboration with China’s Tongji University that will see Queen’s researchers participate in the International Research Laboratory of Yangtze River Ecology and the Environment, or InteLab-Yangtze for short.

InteLab-Yangtze is an international initiative that aims to create the foremost research centre in the world on the ecology of the Yangtze River basin. Its partner institutions also include the Helmholtz-Forschungszentrum Juelich, based in Germany, and Stockholm University in Sweden.

“Queen’s and Tongji are already close partners, with a number of collaborative research and academic programs active between the two institutions,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), who recently visited Tongji for the official signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. “This new agreement will deepen this relationship and foster important new research related to the ecology of one of world’s longest rivers.”

Queen’s Biology professors Yuxiang Wang, Brian Cumming and Steven Lougheed were among those actively involved in starting InteLab.

“Both universities have a wealth of expertise in ecology and environmental science and this new collaboration with the InteLab-Yangtze will build on existing partnerships to provide exciting opportunities for learning and research,” says Dr. Wang, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Environmental Physiology and Aquatic Ecosystems Lab.

Read the full story in the Queen’ s Gazette.