The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UTS and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) this week is the first step in an exciting collaborative research program set to benefit the NSW community.
The MOU will formalise the relationship between the two organisations and will trigger a series of joint research projects in the fields of science, sustainability and environmental protection.
"We're looking to use this MOU as an opportunity to apply new technologies and the latest thinking in data analytics, remote sensing, choice modelling and in our understanding of social and cultural impacts and deliver real environmental benefits," said the Associate Dean of Research for the UTS Faculty of Science, Professor Greg Skilbeck.
"This is a great opportunity for UTS and OEH to share knowledge, resources and people to produce some high-impact projects and research outcomes."
The cross-disciplinary nature of the collaboration will see researchers from the UTS faculties of arts and social sciences, business, engineering and IT, science and the Institute for Sustainable Futures work with colleagues at OEH to inform the public policy response to environmental and scientific challenges in NSW.
"Given the strategic interest of both organisations, there's going to be a focus on strong environmental outcomes for many of these projects," Professor Skilbeck said.
Dr Kate Wilson, Executive Director Science at OEH said, "OEH and UTS have a close relationship of research collaboration since the 1980s. We're really excited by the range of possibilities enabled by the new MOU – these include collaborations in science and social research, and other interactions including staff exchanges and rapid turn-around of advice and information."
As well as research, the two organisations will join forces on a series of events and novel opportunities for UTS students, who will have the chance to engage with internships, work experience placements and other education and professional opportunities with OEH.
The new partnership will benefit from the UTS Campus Master Plan and the resultant new Faculty of Science building, which will have designated spaces UTS students, researchers and staff to engage with industry.