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Sino-UK Symposium on Emerging Industries and Technologies Successfully Held at Tsinghua University

Sino-UK Symposium on Emerging Industries and Technologies Successfully Held at Tsinghua University

BEIJING, Nov. 19 -- Sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and Tsinghua University, and hosted by the Chinese Institute of Engineering Development Strategies (CIEDS), the “Symposium on Emerging Industries and Technologies” was successfully held at the main building of Tsinghua University. Xu Kuangdi, Vice Chairman of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board of the CAE, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIEDS; Professor Chen Jining, President of Tsinghua University; and Sir John Parker, President of the RAEng attended the opening ceremony of the Symposium. Professor Wu Hequan, past Vice President of CAE, and Executive Vice President of CIEDS, presided over the ceremony.

Zhou Ji, President of CAE, extended a cordial welcome to all guests from home and abroad on behalf of the CAE. Zhou said, in the 21st century, science and technology are the main drivers of economic and social development. A new round of technological revolution is now deepening. Many countries in the world have deemed fostering emerging technologies and industries as a key point of economic recovery and a strategic point in the new round of science and technology development. It was clearly pointed out in the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China that China would continue to observe scientific development as the main theme and give priority to speeding up the transformation of the economic development model. Thus, we must place scientific and technological innovation at the core of China’s economic and social development, and implement innovation-driven development strategy, leading China’s economy and social development on an innovation-driven track as soon as possible. Zhou was pleased to see that members from both CAE and RAEng, as well as experts from various fields had gathered together to share their ideas and views on the development of emerging technologies and industries. He hoped that both China and UK would further explore areas and effective ways for joint studies following this symposium, thus making positive contributions to the development of emerging technologies and industries in the two countries.

Sir John Parker expressed his thanks to the CAE and Tsinghua University for the kind invitation and thoughtful arrangements on behalf of RAEng. He said innovation was the key to realising sustainable development. Nowadays, the world is facing many challenges, such as climate change and depletion of natural resources. What we need is to cooperate more closely and foster innovative talents in emerging industries and technologies. Sir Parker hoped that both Chinese and British scholars make full use of this opportunity to establish long-term cooperation and exchange mechanisms on such subjects as technological innovation, development strategy and innovation policy of strategic emerging industries, so that we can jointly promote academic research and industrial development.

Chen Jining extended his congratulations on the convening of the symposium on behalf of Tsinghua University. President Chen Jining said that, a new round of world-wide technological and industrial revolution provided an important opportunity for China’s transformation of economic development pattern, the optimisation of industrial distribution, as well as the implementation of sustainable development. As a one- hundred-year-old institution, Tsinghua University has always aimed at the frontiers of science and technology in the world. To meet the national strategic demands, Tsinghua University has mobilized its advantages and strengths to carry out strategic high and new technologies and industrial research, achieving significant progress in such fields as the first modular high temperature gas cooled reactor, large-scale high energy ICT (Industrial Computed Tomography), next generation internet based on IPv6, and the key technology of OLED. President Chen believed that, in the future, Tsinghua would make contributions to technological innovation and industrial upgrading, and foster processes in the new round of emerging industries based on its existing research achievements. Meanwhile, Tsinghua University would bring into full play its advantage in interdisciplinary integration and intelligence-intensive resources. Also, it would actively promote the interactions of natural sciences and social sciences, while focusing on research in development strategies and policy studies. Chen believed that the symposium would further gather the insights from both Chinese and Britain experts and scholars, and contribute wisdom and strength to the development of emerging industries for both nations and the world.

Guests who attended the opening ceremony include Chen Yuan, Chairman of China Development Bank, Professor. Xie Weihe, Vice President of Tsinghua University, Ren Zhiwu, Deputy Director-General, Department of Hi-tech Industry, National Development and Reform Commission, as well as experts from CAE, professors and student from Tsinghua University, and representatives from research institute and enterprises.

After the opening ceremony, Chen Yuan, William Wakeham and Ren Zhiwu delivered thematic reports on Enhancing Cooperation and Exchange, Promoting the Development of Strategic Emerging Technologies and Industries, Autonomous Research Universities as the Origin of Innovation Activity: a UK Perspective, and Key Areas and Policies of Strategic Emerging Technologies and Industries in China, respectively.

Sir John Parker, Sir William Wakeham, Senior Vice-President and Honorary International Secretary of RAEng Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor of BIS, member of RAEng, Professor Richard A William, Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Birmingham, member of RAEng, and other four members of RAEng attend the symposium.

The two days of the Sino-UK Symposium on Emerging Industries and Technologies were divided into a plenary session and panel sessions. Members of CAE and RAEng delivered reports around Research on Strategic Emerging Technologies and Industries Development and The UK’s Innovation Policy Framework and delved deep into research areas including bio-engineering, new-energy vehicles, advanced manufacturing, and energy technologies. The symposium was brought to a close on 20th November.