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Vice President Liu Congqiang Attends the Sino-Thai Joint Workshop on Sustainability

Co-sponsored by NSFC and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), the Sino-Thai Joint Workshop on Watershed Sustainable Development in the Context of the “Future Earth” Program was convened in Xiamen, Fujian Province during February 7-11, 2015. NSFC Vice President Liu Congqiang and Dr. Soottiporn Chittmittrapap, Secretary General of NRCT served as co-chairs of the workshop. Academician Fu Bojie, Director General of the Department of Earth Sciences NSFC and Dr. Monthip Sriratana, Director of Climate Change Research Strategy Centre of NRCT served as Secretariat Generals.

More than 50 experts from both China and Thailand attended the workshop. Presentations including 2 plenary talks, 4 keynote talks and 11 ignition talks were delivered by prominent scholars from both sides. The workshop also arranged multidisciplinary and comprehensive discussions including each side’s internal discussion, academic area-based group discussion, and academic committee discussion. Consensuses were reached on the cooperative framework, prioritized areas for bilateral cooperation and initial plans for short-term and long-term cooperation.

The workshop was hosted by the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Feng Feng, Director General and Prof. Zhang Yongtao, Division Director of the Bureau of International Cooperation and Prof. Leng Shuying, Division Director of Department of Earth Sciences also attended the workshop.

In view of sound cooperation for the past years, NSFC and NRCT have agreed to further advance the bilateral cooperation. From 2015, the two sides will co-fund substantial joint research projects for Chinese and Thailand scientists in identified areas.

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