On November 9, the closing ceremony of the 2018 China-Australia Young Scientists Exchange Program was held at the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The ceremony is sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research of Australia and organized by China Science and Technology Exchange Center and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
The closing ceremony was attended and addressed by Zhao Xinli, Senior Research Fellow at China Science and Technology Exchange Center, Shi Guoquan, Assistant Director of Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graeme Meehan, Consul General of Australia in Shanghai, Joanna Bunting, Counsellor for Industry, Innovation and Science of the Australian Embassy in China, and Murray Scott, Member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
At the closing ceremony, 16 young Australian scientists introduced their academic background, visits, achievements and experience respectively. They all expressed their gratitude for the excellent opportunities provided by the Young Scientists Exchange Program, which enabled them to have in-depth exchanges and full discussions with Chinese scientists and reach various intents of cooperation on personnel exchanges, mutual visits, joint research and other forms of cooperation. They hoped that the Program can continue to grow bigger and stronger to benefit more scientists of both countries.
Since 2006, the China-Australia Young Scientists Exchange Program has been implemented for 13 years. More than 200 Chinese and Australian scientists have been funded to carry out cooperative exchanges in each other’s countries. The 16 Australian scientists who participated in this year‘s exchange program came from more than 10 institutions, including CSIRO, Burnet Institute, Australian National University, Monash University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle. Their research fields involved agriculture, material engineering, biomedicine, environment, and information and communication technology.