At the start of this month more than 100 researchers from 20 countries met in New Delhi. It is not new to travel to another country to learn, Nalanda
welcomed international students centuries before Oxford, and the UK warmly welcomes more international students than almost any country. What is
new is the scope for researchto address shared global challenges and the range of disciplines we must draw on, from anthropology to zoology.The event
was a chance for researchers and research users to engage with opportunities, including the Global Challenges Research Fund, the UK’s most ambitious
research fund yet.The challenges facing us may be becoming more complex and interrelated, but so are the means for research and innovation to address
them. The challenges come from an increasingly interconnected world and humans’ increased power through technology to impact on each other and the
planet. Looked at through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals, the “wicked” policy problems seem to lie at the intersections between multiple Goals.
How do we get the food, water and energy that we need “zero hunger” and “no poverty” at the same time as affordable energy and climate action, all with only
one planet to sustain the next generation?
Indian and UK researchers were recently awarded the Newton Prize for work on new forms of solar energy and the two countries will work together to raise
incomes of farmers with small- and marginal- holdings using technologies from biotech to artificial intelligence (AI).