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Vice President Mei Xurong Attends the First Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum

Source: Department of International Cooperation

2018-07-04 10:02

From 30 April to 4 May 2018, Dr. Mei Xurong, Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) attended the First Australia-China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum in Australia.

The forum, co-hosted by CAAS, the University of Tasmania and NRM South, is a concrete manifestation of the results of CAAS President Tang Huajun’s visit to Australia on November 2017. CAAS attached great importance to this event. Never before in CAAS history had it ever organized and assigned a delegation of this size, led by a CAAS Vice President, composed of 20 delegates from three departments and seven institutes, to attend a professional meeting abroad. The unprecedented move is an evident gesture of CAAS’ willingness and desire to expand cooperation with its Australian counterparts.

The forum was opened by Mr. Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania with opening addresses by Senator Anne Ruston (Australian Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources), and Dr. Mei Xurong. Dr. Wang Shumin and Deputy Director General Xiong Mingmin made a keynote speech in the opening session; other keynote speakers included Professor Rufus Black (UTAS Vice Chancellor), Professor Bridget Heywood (Deputy Vice Chancellor Research), and Major General Jeffrey (National Advocate for Soil Health). The Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner and her husband Richard Warner also hosted a reception for Forum delegates and invited guests at Government House on the first evening.

Dr. Mei Xurong emphasized the importance of the Forum in saying that this collaboration will “tackle challenges faced by the agricultural ecosystem and sustainable development and improve the natural ecology and environment and the quality of human life”. He added that “we are expecting to jointly open up a path of people-oriented, green sustainable development of agriculture and build a better community with our Australian counterparts”.

Dr. Mei Xurong and Professor Holger Meinke (Director, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania) had a sideline meeting during the forum for the purpose of planning a joint Ph.D. education program. Both agreed 1. On A project based dual supervisor joint Ph.D. Program, 2. Set up a Ph.D. degree program by TIA-UTAS, 3.Set up a dual “Sandwich” Ph.D. program by both TIA-UTAS and CAAS.

Attendees included a 21-strong CAAS delegation as well as some 60 delegates from Australian NRM regions and the University of Tasmania. Joint projects were developed under the themes: soil health, waterway restoration and catchment management, bee health and pollination, and people and communities.

By Liu Yunqing