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NSFC Vice President Attends the 7th ASIAHORCs Meeting


NSFC Vice President Liu Congqiang attended the 7th Asian Heads of Research Councils (ASIAHORCs) General Meeting, which was held in Indonesia from November 26th to 28th, 2013. The Meeting was hosted by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Representatives of science funding agencies from eight Asian countries attended the Meeting including National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Department of Science & Technology of India (DST), National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Science and Technology of Philippines (DOST), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia (MSTN) and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

The theme of this Meeting is “Strengthening of Policy on Innovation Support System in Asia”. Representatives of all participating countries exchanged ideas on the policy on innovation support system of respective country and agency. NSFC Vice President Liu made his presentation on NSFC’s funding system, innovation support system and the resulting achievement, and also brought out concrete suggestions for bilateral or multilateral cooperation in Asia, which received positive responses from the participants. The Meeting discussed fully and reached a consensus on the topics of the next ASIAHORCs Meeting and next Joint Symposium as well. Prof. Feng Feng, Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation was at his presence at the Meeting.

The 5th ASIAHORCs Joint Symposium was held concurrently with the 7th ASIAHORCs Meeting, at which Symposium 30 young scientists from 8 Asian countries conducted academic exchanges on the topic of food science. NSFC selected and funded 5 excellent young scholars to attend this Symposium.

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