The NEA-NERI workshop on air quality was held at the NUS U-Town on 13 November 2017. This workshop was jointly organized by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore and NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI). It features a broad spectrum of R&D related to urban air quality.
It was a fun afternoon for NERI staff to take a ‘shot’ at the Orchid Bowl, Chevrons. Away from the familiar research labs and workplaces, the staff and researchers gathered at the annual team bonding event for a game of bowling. Every year, NERI tries to organise an institute wide event to bring staff and researchers together to strengthen relationships.Over the years, apart from organising buffets where staff and researchers stuffed themselves with lots of food, the trend has now changed to do more healthy activities such as sports.
Fossil fuel production and use contribute to air, water and soil pollution and global warming. According to Enerdata Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2016, more than 31,000 megatons of CO2 was emitted globally in 2015. It is generally agreed that reduction of fossil fuel uses requires alternative, economical energy sources that are less carbon-intensive. One such alternative source is biofuels, or fuels derived from contemporary biological processes, such as plant or microbial growth processes.
A team from NERI was among the 5 that was awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF) Competitive Research Programme 16th Grant Call. The project titled “Novel Integrated Agrotechnologies, Plant Nutrients and Microbials for Improved Production of Green Leafy Vegetables in Singapore”, will look at the development of novel technology platforms to improve Singapore’s vegetable production.