Bayer group endowed US$ 1,000,000 to UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) in 2007 to set up "Bayer-Tongji Chair for Sustainable Development". The chair aims at promoting the education, research and cooperation in the area of environment and sustainability in China. "Bayer-Tongji Chair for Sustainable Development" includes four parts: chair professorship, scholarship, academic research projects and Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum.
With the support of Bayer, UNEP and Tongji University, the Chair has been running smoothly under the supervision of IESD. After previous years’ operation, noticeable progresses were observed. It is essential to highlight the achievements of the Chair as a strategic tool and an optimal platform for IESD and as a significant contributor for environmental and sustainable development in the four main pillars – Chair Professorship, Research, Scholarship and Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum.
Direct, drive and monitor the Chair from education, research and outreach.
The Steering Committee appointed Perry Yang the Bayer-Tongji Sustainable Development Chair Professorship for 2014-5, and tasks him to the responsibilities of the Chair below and as set by the chair professorship agreement. Perry Yang, Associate Professor, School of City and Regional Planning and School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and Co-Director of Georgia Tech and Tongji University’s Sino-US Eco Urban Lab.
24 research projects have been conducted, 59 papers published;
1 patent successfully applied, 1 whitepaper released, 1 bluepaper released and 1 book pressed.
67 students received scholarships to conduct study exchange, attend international environmental conferences, and do internships in international organizations.
Bayer-Tongji-UNEP SD Forum:
Sustainable Development Forum has been annually co- organized by Bayer, Tongji and UNEP since 2009. Nearly 400 participants attended.
- The 1st Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum on “Facing the Changing Climate”(2009)
- The 2nd Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum on “Eco-city, Eco-life”(2010)
- The 3rd Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum on “Food Satety & Health, Environment & Heath (Nov. 27, 2012)
- The 4th Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum on “Collaboration for Sustainability“（Nov. 28,2013)
In 2013, Bayer and Tongji signed the Bayer-Tongji Sustainable Development Chair renewal (2013-2015) Agreement. IESD, as an umbrella for Tongji Sustainable Development and the collaboration between Tongji and Bayer, will to extend cooperation to all directions, including the life science, health, food security and other hot fields.
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