As humankind and life forms evolve, their relationship with the environment also changes. Sustainability and the earth’s ability to meet the needs of both current and future generations is a growing global concern. As a case in point, Singapore expects the clean-tech sector to contribute 18,000 jobs and S$3.4 billion to gross domestic product by 2015.
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Through a holistic approach, the Sustainable Earth thrust, also identified as the “peak of peaks”, empowers research on clean water, alternative energy, clean technologies, urban systems and geological risks.
Pursue your PhD research with one of the research centre listed below.
The Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University came into existence in April 2014, with the goal of becoming a global centre for complexity research. Located in Singapore on the campus of Asia's fastest rising young universities, the Institute is organised to facilitate transdisciplinary team-based science and will study how interactions within a system and its environment generate its dynamical patterns of behaviour. For more information on the graduate programme, click here.
EOS (EARTH OBSERVATORY OF SINGAPORE)
EOS was founded in 2009 to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and climate change in and around Southeast Asia. Multidisciplinary research teams of international stature will blaze new paths through the fascinating mysteries of this dynamic, thin shell of our planet. Through research and outreach activities, EOS increases awareness of geohazards to help ensure a more sustainable human presence in Southeast Asia.
Learn more about EOS at www.earthobservatory.sg and their research here.
ERI@N (ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE @ NTU)
At the heart of ERI@N lies the goal of improving efficiency of current energy systems while maximising synergistic effects of alternative energy sources. To this end, researchers at ERI@N have the opportunity to interact and together promote relevant energy solutions and policies for the future. Ongoing collaborations with industry players such as Bosch GmbH (Photovoltaics), Vestas Technology R&D Singapore (Wind), and Rolls-Royce (Marine Engineering & Power Systems Research) and partnerships with universities such as the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of Munich help foster a research environment dedicated to the goal of sustainability.
Learn more about ERI@N at http://erian.ntu.edu.sg and their research here.
ICRM (INSTITUTE OF CATASTROPHE RISK MANAGEMENT)
The Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM) will be the first multi-disciplinary risk management research institute of its kind in Asia and amongst a handful of such centers in the world. The Institute will undertake multi-disciplinary research projects in science, engineering, finance, technology, economics and socio-political aspects related to catastrophe risk, drawing upon strengths across NTU and from local and overseas institutions. Its research is cast in terms of Asia's rapidly developing urban areas which paradoxically increases the exposures of such areas to hazards, both natural and man-made. The Institute will play a lead role in NTU's new wave of integrative research efforts and its strategic vision of Sustainable Earth.
Learn more about ICRM at http://icrm.ntu.edu.sg and their research here.
NEWRI (NANYANG ENVIRONMENT & WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE)
A culmination of NTU's contribution to Singapore's Environmental and Water Technology (EWT) R&D landscape over the past two decades, NEWRI is the platform for multi- and trans-disciplinary interactions concerning environmental science and engineering. Together with NEWRI's unique ecosystem of eight coordinated units, researchers drive environmental solutions that are innovative, and relevant to the industry and community
Learn more about NEWRI at http://newri.ntu.edu.sg and their research here
SCELSE (SINGAPORE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE SCIENCES ENGINEERING)
SCELSE is a Research Centre of Excellence breaking new ground in understanding, harnessing and controlling microbial biofilm communities in environmental, industrial and publich health settings. SCELSE's interdisciplinary research focuses on overall community structure, function and performance of microbial biofilms as well as the mechanisms of theri communication and micro-ecological interactions by using cutting edge expertise from emerging technologies in engineering anf natural sciences. SCELSE aims to harness biofilms to meet the crucial challenges of securing clean water and maintaining a sustainable environment.
Learn more about SCELSE at www.scelse.sg and their research here.