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The Eleventh A-HORCs Meeting in China

The Eleventh Meeting of Heads of Research Councils in Asia (A-HORCs) was held in Chengdu on September 16th. Prof. Yang Wei, President of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Prof. YuichiroAnzai, President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Prof. Gul Woo Lee, Director General of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) headed their respective delegations to attend the Meeting. As the host, President Yang Wei chaired the meeting.

With the theme of Talent Training, the three parties presented on talent funding system of their respective countries and agencies, practice of promoting international mobility of talents, vision for funding the future young and discussed on subjects such as how to strengthen trilateral scientific cooperation. Prof. Yang brought out concrete suggestions on beefing up trilateral cooperation, which received positive responses from both Japan and Korea. The three sides unanimously agreed that a forum for young scientists from the three countries would be held concurrently with Northeastern Symposium in 2014. They also discussed and reached consensus about the collaborative area of 2014 Northeastern Symposium and A3 Foresight Program of 2015 as well as the theme, time and place for the 12th A-HORCs.

Originally established jointly by NSFC, JSPS and KOSEF (Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, now named NRF), the A-HORCs meeting has become a regional one which takes place in China, Japan and Korea in turn once a year. The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for the leaders of the three funding agencies to meet regularly and discuss on subjects of common interests with a view to strengthening high-level exchanges and collaboration in the field of basic research.

To promote Asia as a research center with worldwide influence, culture prominent talents and solve science-related problems of regional importance, NSFC, JSPS and NRF jointly established A3 Foresight Program at the 2nd A-HORCs meeting, through which to provide fund for the three countries’ scientists to do collaborative research in selected areas. Since the implementation of A3 Foresight Program started in 2005, the three parties in succession have co-funded 16 projects in the field of nanotechnology, biotechnology, climate change, advanced materials, epigenetic, renewable energy, next generation of internet and network security, plasma physics, biomaterial and nano-biotechnology and so on.

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