On July 20th, 2021, the Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED) (Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh city) and Dr. Salom Gnana Thana Vincent had an online meeting (via Microsoft Teams) to discuss potential research collaborations in the future.
Meeting attendants from the ICED were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong QUAN (Director), Dr. Le Quang Dung, Mr. Bui Le Thanh Khiet .
Assoc. Prof. Quan started the meeting by his brief introduction about his background and current research interests before talking about the ICED, the institute’s research orientations and visions. Currently the institute focuses on the major researches on application of circular economy areas, which are Urban-Industry, Coast and Island, Bioeconomy, Renewable energy and Waste/Plastics.
Prof. Salom shared her works in benthic ecology of coastal ecosystems and specific areas of microbial and macro and meiofaunal diversity in the coastal environment of Kerala. Currently her research is also focused on microplastics in the coastal environment of South India. ICED and Prof. Salom discussed in deep about plastic pollution and potential collaboration (eg. writing a review, applying joint research proposal). Prof. Salom was glad to have a meeting with ICED and willing to assist and consult ICED’s researches related to plastics/microplastics.
About Prof.Dr. Salom Gnana Thana Vincent
Dr. Salom Gnana Thanga.V. completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1997. Further, she worked as Research Associate from 1998 to 2001 in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. From 2001 till 2005, she has been working in the University of Kerala as Lecturer, as Reader from 2005 and as Associate Professor till now in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kerala. She officiated as Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences, the University of Kerala from May 2011 to April 2014 and from June 2020 till date. She was also the Director of, School of Earth System Sciences during 2019-2020.
Dr. Salom is teaching M.Sc students various courses like Environmental Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology, and Environmental Economics. Her broad area of specialization is Environmental Microbiology and specific areas include anaerobic microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry, and microbial degradation of pesticides. She has published 50 research papers in International and National journals. Her broad research area is the benthic ecology of coastal ecosystems and specific areas of research are focusing on the microbial and macro and meiofaunal diversity in the coastal environment of Kerala and relating the benthic diversity to environmental and anthropogenic impacts. Presently, her research is also focused on the distribution of microplastics in the coastal environment of South India. She has been awarded the Association of Commonwealth Universities Blue Charter Fellowship (2019-2020) and during the tenure of fellowship, she worked with the microplastics team in University of Newcastle, Australia.
More information on Prof. Salom is available on her website