Science and Visual Arts Exhibition in Northeast China curated by Dutch Professor

On September 17th, the opening ceremony of “RONG” International Science and Visual Arts Exhibition was held at He’s Art Gallery. The exhibition is organised by the private He University and Qipanshan Bureau of Cultural Industry in Shenyang.

He Gallery

Prof. Wei He, the President of He University, Prof. Bart M. ter Haar Romeny from Eindhoven University of Technology Department of Biomedical Engineering, and scientists, scholars and artists from the art and science fields worldwide attended the opening ceremony. Prof. ter Haar Romeny is the academic advisor of the exhibition and was appointed honorary president of the He University last week.

This is the first visual art and science exhibition in Northeast China, exploring the theme of “art, spirituality, and social pursuit”. The exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic works including paintings, sculptures, photography, (video) installations, interactive digital art, and performing arts. Artists and scientists from the Netherlands, France, Japan, the United States and China were invited to participate in the exhibition.

The first He’s Art Gallery Science and Art Forum was also held during the exhibition. At the forum, Prof. ter Haar Romeny gave a presentation on the relation between vision and art, and lead the discussion on better ways to adopt art in scientific visualisation.

Prof. ter Haar Romeny has been the vice Dean of the Sino-Dutch Biomedical and Information Engineering School (BMIE) in Shenyang since 2006 and recently initiated the Sino-Euro Vision and Brain Institute in collaboration with Northeastern University and He Shi Eye Care System.

Dutch law firm Houthoff Buruma enhances academic exchange with CUPL


On September 12th, prof. Xiang Gao, director of the College of Comparative Law of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and Jaap Bosman, Marketing Director of Dutch law firm Houthoff Buruma signed a Memorandum of Understanding on international collaboration in academic exchange. Science Attaché of the Netherlands Embassy David Pho attended the signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, Houthoff Buruma will establish HAOBO Scholarship for CUPL students in the College of Comparative Law to support their outstanding academic achievements and global outlook. In addition, both sides agreed to work on academic exchanges, joint seminars and professional activities in the field of comparative law. Houthoff Buruma will also donate legal books and publications to CUPL.

Infographic for China’s Urbanisation

untitledHere is an infographic for China’s Urbanisation produced by the EU-funded Dragon-STAR project. China’s urbanisation over the past three decades is a massive phenomenon of scale and speed. In the 1980’s, there were less than 200 million of “urban” population. However, by 2011, 700 million (half of the total population) live in urban areas, while the figure is expected to further grow in future as 250 million migrant workers are expected to move to the cities by 2030.

International Summer School for IC Technology Exchange and High Talent a great success!

After last year’s summer school on SSL technologies in Changzhou, this year’s summer school on IC Technologies in Xi’an is successfully finished.

Ambassador Aart Jacobi & Mayor Dong Jun (董军) of Xi'an
Ambassador Aart Jacobi & Mayor Dong Jun (董军) of Xi’an

The International Summer school for IC Technology Exchange and High Talent took place from 19- 24 August in Xi’an, China.

With the support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,the Xi’an Municipal Government, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xidian University, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Twente University, the organization the technical exchange program ” 2013 Sino-Dutch International IC Technology Exchange and High Talent Summer School “took place.

Experts and scholars from academia and industry in the Netherlands and Xi’an gave lectures based on the theme of IC key technology, industrial development and personal development in a global world. The summer school was opened by ambassador Aart Jacobi and Dong Yun (董军), the Mayor of Xi’an .

There was opportunity for discussions on the industrial technology cooperation between China and the Netherlands. The summer school also invited some delegates from universities and corporations from Beijing and Shanghai. With so many experts and talents working together not only the summer school was a success, but it also promoted the development of the IC Industry and it created a network for high level cooperation in a field, that is basic for almost all future innovations.

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CAS supports 5 new centres of excellence for joint research with developing countries

logoThe Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) invested US$6.5 million over the next three years in five CAS-TWAS (The World Academy of Science) Centres of Excellence accommodated within institutes of CAS. The funding will support joint research projects to build scientific strength and drive innovation in the developing world.

The TWAS is the international science academy that aims to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development. CAS is hosting the TWAS Regional Office for East & Southeast Asia in Beijing and this year CAS-president Bai Chunli was elected as the new TWAS president, becoming the first Chinese national to take up this position.

The new centres will focus on five areas:

  1. climate
  2. water
  3. biotechnology
  4. green technology
  5. space technology for disaster mitigation

They were selected out of 22 CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence based on peer review of their previous cooperation with TWAS and other developing countries, and their research capacity. Each centre will offer a range of educational and training opportunities for scientists and engineers from the developing world, with the goal of advancing research, exchanging knowledge and building global networks.

The CAS additional funding will also be used for organising workshops, training and PhD programmes through the existing wider network of CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence and the TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme at Centres of Excellence in the South. This will allow TWAS centres to go beyond their usual three-month exchanges of researchers. The first scientific workshops at the centres started in August and more are planned for September this year.

For further details, see the summary of the missions and work plans of the five CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence.