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Prof. Chen Yiyu Visits Greece, Spain and Germany

Prof. Chen Yiyu, President of NSFC, led a delegation to visit Greece, Spain and Germany from May 21 to June 1, 2011.

During his visit in Greece, Prof. Chen met with Anna Diamantopoulou, the Minister of Education in charge of science and technology affairs. Prof. Chen introduced China’s science and technology structure and the important role of NSFC  in the system. The Minister expressed great interest in collaboration with China in science and technology. Both sides agreed to actively promote Sino-Greece collaboration in science and technology and hope to sign the NSFC-GSRT bilateral cooperation agreement during the Minister’s upcoming visit to China in July,2011. At the Minister’s  invitation,  the delegation  attended the General Assembly of the Directors of Greek Research and Technology Centers and gave  a comprehensive introduction about NSFC. The delegation also visited the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the National Centre for Scientific Research (Demokritos), where  the delegates learned Greece’s latest progress in science and technology.

In Spain, Prof. Chen Yiyu met with Prof. E. Bouboukas, Vice President of the Spanish National Research Council ( CSIC) and discussed future substantial cooperation. They agreed to organize bilateral workshops in water resources and plant molecular biology, and meanwhile explore the opportunities to fund the substantial joint research projects by scientists from the two countries. The two sides also agreed to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding to provide guidance for future funding activities. The delegation visited the subordinate institutes of CSIC such as National Museum of Natural Science, Royal Botanical Gardens, National Institute of Microelectronic, Institute of Environmental Diagnose and Water Research and Institute of Earth Sciences JaumeAlmera.

In Germany, Prof. Chen met with Prof. Matthias Kleiner, President of DFG. Both sides exchanged their latest progress and discussed the ongoing Sino-German-Finnish Joint Call on immunology and other relevant issues concerning Sino-German Center and Sino-German interdisciplinary cooperation and research projects.

Members of the delegation include officials from NSFC Bureau of International Cooperation, Department of Earth Sciences, and Department of Engineering Material Sciences.

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