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Northumbria University awarded 2019 Newton Prize for project aiming to improve elderly living

4- Big data-sustainable urbanisation

A joint project from Northumbria University and The Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences has won the £200,000 Newton Prize 2019 for China.

The winning project investigated how to apply big data and design principles to tackle urban transportation and the difficulties that elderly people face in cities around the world.

The Northumbria University and Institute of Software’s project was supported by the Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshops programme, facilitated by the British Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China.

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It also brought together early career researchers from the UK and China inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Presenting the award, Dame Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China, said: “I am delighted to award the Newton Fund prize to this fantastic project which is helping to make our cities more liveable for our ageing population.”

Adding: “The UK-China research partnership has delivered huge benefits to the world in tackling global challenges and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Newton Fund has played a key role in bringing the best UK and Chinese scientists together and will continue to provide more opportunities in the future.”

The UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (the Newton Fund) offers comprehensive funding to bring together the best researchers and innovators from UK and China to tackle the biggest challenges we face globally.

The 2019 Newton Prize, welcomed by the UK and Chinese governments, rewards achievements of the Newton Fund in tackling global challenge issues such as climate change, food security, and health.

Since its launch in 2014, over 1000 partnerships have been jointly supported across 120 UK, and 260 Chinese research institutions and businesses.

A few months ago, AMP reported on how rural areas have less to spend on the elderly than in cities.

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