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The Earthquakes without Frontiers partnership brings together a group of earth scientists with a long track record in integrated earthquake science, social scientists that have extensive experience in exploring the vulnerability and resilience of communities in disaster-prone regions, and experienced practitioners in the communication of scientific knowledge to policy makers. This partnership brings together the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Hull, Leeds, Northumbria, Cambridge with institutions across India, Nepal and China. Pioneering institutions like Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Bombay), Indian Institute of Science and Education (Kolkata), Bihar State Disaster Management Authority were involved in this partnership with India.


Earthquakes without Frontiers 

What started as individual research links has developed into an Oxford-India network in theoretical physics that includes, among others, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. 

The collaborative interdisciplinary research spans fields of enormous diversity in scale, ranging from elementary particle and superstring theory, through nanotechnology, complexity and the collective behaviour of matter, to the motion of living organisms and the evolution of the universe as a whole.

Oxford-India network in Theoretical Physical Sciences

Researchers from Oxford's Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), in partnership with The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), have been awarded a 4 year project (totalling  approximately £1 million) from the Wellcome Trust entitled  PURAK: Wearable Devices for Distal Arm Functionality Rehabilitation  to develop affordable prostheses for the large majority of the Indian population.

The international collaboration which took place during 2014-18, has taken novel prosthetic design prototypes developed at the IISc and readied them for commercial manufacture. The work combines all the advantage from complementary strengths of the two partners- the IISc providing expertise in affordable and appropriate design, and Oxford providing expertise on biomechanics and clinical trials together with experts in commercialisation at both centres. This international partnership will ensure that the new design ideas from IISc have a major impact on affordable healthcare in India.  

The institute has also partnered with The George Institute for Global Health in providing affordable mHealth interventions. This includes a randomised control trial in cardiovascular disease risk reduction in Southern India, and trials of a low cost blood pressure monitor in rural China.

Linking professional astronomers with schoolchildren around the world to carry out cutting edge research investigating the behaviour of astrophysical black holes. Observatories located in boarding schools in India, Chile, Australia and South Africa are equipped with research-grade instrumentation and bespoke spectrographs providing continuous monitoring of the black hole SS433, the first undertaking of its kind. In January 2017, a solar farm was connected to the observatory near Bangalore, India - it is now powered entirely independently of the local grid from a renewable source.