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NSFC Vice President Shen Yan Visits the Netherlands and the Czech Republic


The NSFC delegation led by Vice President Shen Yanrecently visited the Netherlands and the Czech Republic at the invitation of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR).

In the Netherlands, Prof. Shen met with NWO President JosEngelen and Director GeneralHans de Groene. During the meeting, Prof. Shen introduced NSFC’s latest development and international cooperation and listened to the introduction of the Medical and Health Research Council of The Netherlands. Both sides reviewed the progress and achievements of NSFC-NWO joint funded research projects and exchanged views on enhancing the current cooperation mechanism, developing multilateral funding channels and strengthening exchanges and cooperation between NSFC and NWO. Prof. Shen also attended the “Mid-term Conference of NSFC-NWO Program on Plant Development Biology” and delivered a speech. The delegation paid visits to the Erasmus University Rotterdam,the Hubrecht Institute,the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centreand the Wageningen University, and had a discussion with Chinese students and researchers at the Wageningen University.

In the Czech Republic, Prof. Shen met with Ms. Hana Sychrova,President of Council for International Affairs of the ASCR, and Ms.VeronikaPaleckova,Director of the Division of International Cooperation of the ASCR. Both sides agreed to promote bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on potential cooperation schemes and fields. The delegation visited the Institute of Experimental Medicine and the Institute of Molecular Genetics.

Members of the delegation included Prof.LuRongkai, Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of International Cooperation, Prof.YuZhenliang, Division Director of the Department of Life Science and Ms. Li Wencong, Program Officer of the Bureau of International Cooperation.

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