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President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences visits UMinho
Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, Braga
Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led the delegation visiting the University of Minho. Rosa M. Vasconcelos, Vice-Dean of the EEUM, participated in the visit programme.
A delegation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences visited the University of Minho, aiming at strengthening the cooperation in science, technology and innovation among the two entities. The programme started on the 8th September, with a welcoming session at the Rectory, Largo do Paço, Braga. The following day, several meetings were held at the Institute for Biosustainability (IB-S), at campus of Gualtar, and the visit’s main conclusions were presented.
The delegation was led by the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bai Chunli, and counted also on the presence of the Director General of the Bureau of International Cooperation (BIC), Jinghua Cao, the BIC’s Programme Director, Xiaofeng Lu, the CTO of the Micro Satellite Innovation Research Institute, Shufan Wu, and the responsible for the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Xiaohui Qiu.
The President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Paulo Ferrão, as well as the Director for International Relations of FCT, Ana Quartin, were also present. The UMinho was represented by the Rector, António M. Cunha, and the Vice-Rector, Rui Vieira de Castro. The Schools of Sciences, Psychology and Engineering also participated in the visit. The EEUM was represented by the Vice-Dean, Rosa M. Vasconcelos. Several director of UMinho’s research units, as well as the Director General of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Lars Montelius, also took part.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the main scientific institution in China, represented more than 50 thousand researchers from 140 research institutes. It is also the world leading entity in publication impact, according to Nature journal. The CAS has recently launched the first quantum communication satellite worldwide, among other singularities.
Photos by Nuno Gonçalves/UMdicas