Research award launched in China

Unilever to support students who study more responsible uses of chemicals.

Five €2,000 research awards available

Unilever is committed to the environmental safety of the chemical ingredients it uses in its products. That’s why our scientists are continually developing new approaches to risk assessment and management.

To further our research in this area, we are partnering the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to jointly sponsor five €2,000 research awards for students studying the environmental impact of chemicals.

Leading the discussion

In 2010 and 2011 we organised and contributed to debates around the management and assessment of chemicals in China. One addressed ‘down the drain’ chemicals – substances that may reach watercourses where waste water treatment is not installed or properly functioning. The other was prompted by the rapidly developing regulatory, monitoring and research activities in the country.

Since then, we have been trying to identify and partner with key academic groups to help shape science-based approaches to safety risk assessments and contribute to developing regulations.

According to Dr Oliver Price, who works in Unilever’s Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre at Colworth: “With environmental issues top of our agenda, these awards will acknowledge and support excellence, and stimulate further innovative research to advance the responsible use of chemicals.”

How to nominate a student

Nominations are invited for outstanding PhD research students in CAS and other Chinese academic or research institutes. Students must be investigating the effects or behaviour of chemicals in the environment.

Find out more about the award criteria and download a nomination form.

Completed forms should be sent to Oliver Price by students’ supervisors before 31 August 2012.

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