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Vice President Liu Congqiang Visits Belgium, UK and Ireland


At the invitation of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), NSFC Vice President Prof. Liu Congqiang led a delegation to Belgium, UK and Ireland fromJune 28th to July 6th.

While in Belgium, Prof. Liu and FWO Secretary General Dr. Elisabeth Monard held discussions on the topic of bilateral cooperation and signed the new MoU between the two organizations. Based on this MoU, both sides will launch annual call for proposals to support the mobility of the researchers.

While in the UK, Prof. Liu met with the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Ms. Angela Constance and held discussions on NSFC’s cooperation with Scotland. He also visited the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and exchanged views,with SFC’s Director of Research & Innovation Mr. Paul Hagan,on the promotion of cooperation between researchers and the collaboration between academia and industries. Afterwards, Prof. Liu visited the Innovation Center of Remote Sensing and Imaging System and the Innovation Center of Industrial Biotechnology in Glasgow. Atthe University of Edinburgh, Prof. Liu listened to the introduction of Scottish Alliance for Geoscience,Environment and Society (SAGES) from its Director Prof. Trevor Hoey, held discussions with representatives and scholars from SAGES and visited relevant labs in Geosciences.

A welcome reception was organized by RSE.Among the attendees were all the members of the delegation, representatives from SFC, the British Council, the Scotland Chamber of Commerce and the Universityof Glasgow. Mr. Pan Xinchun, the Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh also attended the reception.

During his visit to Ireland, Prof. Liu held meeting with SFI President Prof. Mark Ferguson. Both sides agreed to adopt the following procedure to promote substantial cooperating between the Chinese and Irish researchers: simultaneous call for proposal, joint evaluation and joint funding. They also signed the working plan on behalf of both organizations. Afterwards, the delegation visited University College Dublin and listened to the introduction of the university and its scientific research performance from Vice President Prof. Orla Feely. The delegation also held meeting with geoscientists and representatives from the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), the University College Dublin and the Geological Survey of Ireland for better knowledge of Ireland’s research progress in geosciences.

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