At the opening ceremony, Mr. Alasdair Hamilton, First Secretary & Head of Science & Innovation of British Embassy, Beijing and Lei Li, Deputy Director of Xi'an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base Management Committee, expressed warm congratulations on the convening of this conference. Mr. Alasdair Hamilton elaborated British new policies and development directions in scientific innovation, achievement transformation, and etc. He said the British Embassy, Beijing would continuously support NPU in UK-China bilateral scientific research cooperation. Deputy Director Lei Li made a detailed introduction to Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base. He expressed the wish to build international cooperation relationships with NPU and QMUL.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Vassili Toropov, Vice Chairman of the International Congress of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Chairman of British Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, as well as Professor Maria-Magdalena Titirici, a member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Chief Professor of Sustainable Chemistry of QMUL, were appointed respectively as NPU’s Consultant Professor and Adjunct Professor.
After the opening ceremony, Vice President Weihong Zhang met with representatives from British Embassy, Beijing in the Third Conference Room of the International Conference Center. Both sides discussed profoundly on Sino-UK cooperation in scientific research and innovation.
During the seminar on November 6th, more than 20 professors and experts in advanced materials and structures from QMUL, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Central South University, Henan Polytechnic University, University of Chester, Loughborough University and NPU were invited to give presentations and reports on thermoelectric materials and clean energy. In the afternoon, experts visited QMUL Engineering School, NPU. They talked with students in the school and further discussed the future development of scientific cooperation between two universities.
Experts from China and the UK put forward a series of foreword topics and innovative development directions. The meeting provided a new platform for in-depth exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK in the field of advanced materials and thermoelectric clean energy, which would further serve the national development strategies of China and the UK.
(Reporter / Jiannan Du Fei Chen Yang Li ; Photo / Youjun Guo Yuanting Li; Reviewer / Jie Kong)