Griffith University’s Professor Darryl Low Choy has been honoured by the globally influential Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Discipline Head of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Environment, Professor Low Choy accepted the Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at a ceremony hosted by the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology (NIGLAS), where he is already collaborating on research.

The CAS award is bestowed upon the most talented overseas scientists who can then work with the academy for at least two months and up to a year.

Described as the linchpin of China’s drive to explore and harness high technology and the natural sciences for the benefit of China and the world, CAS features a comprehensive research and development network, a merit-based learned society and a system of higher education. It brings together international scientists and engineers to address theoretical and applied problems using world-class scientific and management approaches.

After receiving a commemorative certificate from NIGLAS’s Professor Shen Ji, Professor Low Choy gave a presentation – Integrating Adaptation into Human Settlement Planning and Towards a Water Sensitive City Region – focusing on principles for human settlements’ adaption to climate change and natural hazards.

He then provided a brief introduction to the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and his program dealing with water sensitive urbanism focusing on the influence of urban and peri-urban configurations on resource flows across a range of landscape scales.