The conference of foreign experts and young scientists exchange work of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was held in Beijing on 7 June 2012.
CAS President Bai Chunli, together with 150 participants from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Foundation of China, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, foreign experts and young scientists working with CAS were present at the conference.
The purpose of the conference held was to create a platform for excellent foreign scientists to work at CAS institutes, to promote foreign scientists’ understanding of CAS and to strengthen international exchange and Science and Technology innovation.
During the conference, President Bai Chunli conferred the award certificates and medals to the winners of the first CAS International Cooperation Award for Young Scientists.
Thorjørn Larssen from the Norwegian Water Research Institute (NIVA) together with his Chinese collaborator, Feng Xinbin from the CAS Geochemistry Institute, received the award together with other winners.
This award is set up to recognise and award international young scientists and their CAS collaborators who have made substantial progress in research and innovation, and to encourage longer-term international partnership among young scientists and a global networking for excellent research.
President Bai Chunli mentioned in his speech that the International Experts Fellowship Program and the International Young Scientists Program have both achieved tremendous achievements.
A total of 773 international experts and 295 international young scientists from all over the world have worked with CAS through the two programs. President Bai highly appreciated the contribution they have made to CAS and expressed his wishes to have more and more foreign experts and young scientists to work at CAS institutes through the two programs.
President Bai also mentioned CAS will try to provide the foreign experts with better working and living conditions.