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New role for University of Reading Professor forges climate links with Imperial College – University of Reading

Release Date : 12 December 2007

Professor Sir Brian Hoskins has been appointed Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, from January 2008.

Sir Brian will now share his time as a Royal Society Research Professor between Imperial College and the University of Reading, where he will continue his research into climate and weather systems.

The Walker Institute for Climate System Research at the University of Reading looks forward to working with the Grantham Institute to further develop research into climate change, and to apply this research to practical issues around adaptation and mitigation.

Sir Brian said: "This new position will enable me to harness the talents of world-leading experts from across Imperial College, and collaborate with the complementary talents at the University of Reading to deliver research with real-world impact."

Professor Nigel Arnell, Director of the Walker Institute, congratulated Sir Brian on his appointment, and said: "This provides an excellent opportunity for two leading groups to work together to tackle the scientific and engineering challenges posed by climate change. The two Institutes have complementary skills and expertise, and I look forward to us working together."


For more information please contact Kathy Maskell, Walker Institute Communications Manager on 0118 378 7380, or Lucy Ferguson, University of Reading Media Relations Manager, on 0118 378 7388.

Notes to editors:

More information about the University of Reading:

The University of Reading is one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. Founded in the nineteenth century and gaining a Royal Charter in 1926, we offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, social sciences and fine art. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into undergraduate teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise.

More information about The Walker Institute:

The Walker Institute for Climate System Research is a leading UK climate research centre based at the University of Reading. Its research is focused on understanding climate, in order to deliver better knowledge of future climate and its impacts for the benefit of society. See for more information.

More information about University of Reading's Department of Meteorology:

The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading is one of the largest and most renowned in the world. With 20 academic staff and over 100 research scientists and students, the department is able to pursue many areas of atmospheric, oceanic and climate research and teaching. See for more information.


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