National Key R&D Program's Key Project on Targeted Cultivation of Plantation Traits Holds Kick-off Meeting at IAE in Shenyang
On April 20, the kick-off meeting of Key Special Project "Theoretical basis of targeted cultivation of plantation traits" of the National Key R&D Program on Forestry Germplasm Resources Cultivation and Quality Improvement was held at the Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Shenyang and in video conferencing mode. A total of 10 sub-projects led by ten young scientists were jointly initiated.
The kick-off meeting was sponsored by China Rural Technology Development Center (CRTDC) and organized by IAE aiming to strengthen project organization and management, standardize project implementation procedure, promote the output and demonstration of research, and cultivate more young talents.
More than 60 people, including the ten outstanding young PIs (principal investigators), leaders from CRTDC and the Science and Technology Promotion and Development Bureau of CAS, and the advisory experts from IAE and other institutes and universities attended the meeting.
ZHU Jiaojun, director of IAE, delivered a welcome speech and thanked the leaders and experts attending the meeting. REN Xiaobo, director of the Science and Technology Promotion and Development Bureau of CAS, highlighted the needs to strengthen national ecological security and timber reserves, and put forward valuable suggestions about project management. He hoped that young project PIs could give full play to their expertise and achieve better collaboration. SUN Kangtai, director of CRTDC, and DONG Wen, CRTDC forestry project supervisor, made suggestions about project operation, management and risk prevention. SUN encouraged the youth project leaders to face the major national needs for forest ecosystem products and services, carry out key scientific & technical research, and grow fast to be scientists with greater influence in the international academic society.
Then the ten project PIs gave talks on their own project’s scientific issues, objectives, evaluation indicators, research content, and project operations and management.