Firm funds €1 million climate impact research chair

The insurance group AXA has funded a €1 million (£850,000) chair at Imperial College London.

June 30, 2013

The chair in biosphere and climate impact, held by Imperial professor Colin Prentice, was officially launched on 24 June with a lecture entitled “State of ignorance: climate change and the biosphere”. 

The role is supported by the AXA Research Fund, which provides grants to support research into environmental, socioeconomic and life risks.

Last week the insurance firm announced that it would invest a total of €100 million in research between 2013 and 2018.

Through the fund, which also supports fellowships and competitve grants, AXA has invested €99 million since its launch in 2007.

Some €14 million has been spent on research in the UK and among British academics abroad, the second highest amount of any country, behind France.

Professor Prentice, a researcher in land-biosphere in relation to climate change, moved from Macquarie University in Australia in March to take up chair, which is hosted by Imperial’s department of life sciences and in partnership with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.

His research work will focus on modelling the biological impacts of climate change, a field which the company says is relatively neglected compared to models focusing on chemical and physical processes.

AXA says that through its fund it will in particular increase its efforts to help scientists to further share their knowledge with a broader audience in order to “actively nurture public debate on risks”.

Grants are awarded by the firm’s scientific board, following recommendations made by independent committees composed of academics.

Jean Drouffe, group finance, risk and strategy director at AXA UK, said he was “very proud to be the sponsor of this chair, and I look forward to a fruitful and long-term intellectual partnership with Imperial College”.

elizabeth.gibney@tsleucation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride