Nandula Raghuram elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative

Aug 17, 2018 13:29 IST
Nandula Raghuram elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative

Indian scientist and academician Nandula Raghuram was on August 13, 2018 elected as the Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), a global policy making initiative.

With this appointment, Raghuram becomes the first Indian and Asian to be elected to the Chair of INI. He will succeed Mark Sutton of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh.

On the other hand, the Vice-Chair elect is David Kanter of the New York University. This position has been created recently. Kanter is an expert in the role of nitrous oxide and nitrogen policy evaluation. He recently led the nitrogen side event at the 2018 meeting of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The new chairs will take up their roles on January 1, 2019.

Role of new Chairs of INI

  • The combined effort of the Chair and Vice-Chair will enable INI to strengthen its contribution to global science-policy processes, including supporting the International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) and providing regular input to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
  • They will work to steer the network of six regional centres - Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
  • The other INI projects under their purview include the “N-print” activity on nitrogen foot-printing and cooperation with the Global Carbon Project on establishment of a global nitrous oxide budget.

Nandula Raghuram

• Raghuram is a professor at the GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi.

• Raghuram specialises in the biological determinants of nitrogen use efficiency in crops.

• He has earlier served as the President of the Indian Nitrogen Group which was co-founded by him itself.

• He also served as the Director of the South Asian Nitrogen Centre.

• He was a Steering Committee member of the UNEP Global Partnership on Nutrient Management.

• While serving these diverse posts, he facilitated interdisciplinary international consultations on the research and policy aspects of reactive nitrogen and other nutrients in agriculture, industry and environment.

• He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants.

International Nitrogen Initiative

• The International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) is an international program, set up in 2003 under sponsorship of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP).

• INI is coordinated by a Steering Committee, led by a chair and six regional centre directors representing, Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia and East Asia.

• The INI holds a conference once in every three years, inviting members of the international nitrogen community to meet up and discuss ideas and exchange knowledge on nitrogen issues.

• The initiative aims to optimise nitrogen’s beneficial role in sustainable food production and minimise nitrogen’s negative effects on human health.

• The program is currently a sustained partner of Future Earth, an international organisation that works to accelerate transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation.


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