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International Collaboration

The Institute attaches great importance to collaborating with well-known international research institutes and universities. This has increased the stature of the Institute, and enhanced its global significance. These advances have been achieved through grant applications, hosting international conferences, receiving visiting scholars and exchanging graduate students with our international counterparts. Such collaborative efforts have greatly enhanced our international influence, broadened the vision of scientists, and led to the production of many high-quality papers.

1 International Collaboration Projects

Scientists have established many international collaborative projects through various national and international funding agencies such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, US-NSF, DFG-Germany and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Since 2008 we have initiated 31 international collaborative projects, with a total funding of about 20 million yuan. (The list may be found in the Basic Data Set report)

2 Hosting International Conferences, Workshops and Symposia

Hosting regional and international conferences is an effective means of academic exchange. Since our Institute is located in an important and convenient location in Northeast Asia, we have held three “Northeast Asia Eco-Forums” in collaboration with research institutes and universities in Russia, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea and South Korea to discuss many common ecological and environmental issues. In total, we have hosted 11 international conferences, workshops, and symposia, with over 1,500 participants (Table 6).

 

Table 6: International conferences hosted by IAE

Time of Conference

Conference Name

Host

Location

Participants

2007.11

Second International Conference of Pollution Ecology

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Guilin

200

2008.9

Sino-Australian Bilateral Workshop on Soil and Water Pollution and Bioremediation

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

63

2009.7

Workshop on “The Future of Ecology”

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

320

2009.9

First Northeast Asia Eco-Forum “Ecosystem Health and Regional Sustainable development”

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

90

2010.1

Sino-US Symposium “Sustainable Management of Soil and Water”

Inst. Appl. Ecol

Univ. Tennessee

Shenyang

70

2010.9

Second Northeast Asia Eco-Forum” Ecosystem Carbon Sequestration and Low-Carbon Society”

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

110

2010.10

Subtropical Forest Plantations and Carbon Sinks

Inst. Appl. Ecol

Huitong

Huitong

310

2011.9

Third Northeast Asia Eco-Forum “Sustainable Development and Regional Eco-Security”

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

60

2012.9

Sino-US Green Partner

Inst. Appl. Ecol

 

Shenyang

200

 

3 Training of Scholars

Since the establishment of the Institute in 1954, the training of young scholars in foreign institutions has been an important means of maintaining the quality of the Institute’s research. For example, in the 1950s, the then Institute of Forestry and Soil Sciences organized a large team of scientists to work with Russian scientists to conduct vegetational surveys along the Sino-Russian border. This two-year field investigation resulted in the publication of three volumes that contained detailed descriptions of plants, soils, and microorganisms in the major ecosystem types of the region. These valuable publications are still being used by researchers and natural resource managers. In the early 1980s, the Institute sent Shen Shanmin, Sun Tieheng, Xiao Duning, Wen Dazhong, and Chen Guanxiong, all in their 30’s, to University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Tokyo University, Cornell University, and the Rothamsted Experimental Station for 1–3 years for training and to conduct research. Subsequently, they became well-known ecologists in China, making significant contributions to the development of ecological research in the country. Over the past six years, scientists at our Institute along with their foreign partners have co-supervised 53 graduate students. Collaborating institutions include Harvard University, Clemson University, the University of Alberta and the Max-Planck Institutes of Germany. We also encourage young scientists at the Institute to visit international institutions. About 45% of these visiting scholars are age 35 or younger.

4 Joint Laboratories

We have built five joint laboratories with our international collaborators. In 2010, we constructed the “Sino-US Joint Laboratory of Soil and Water Resources” with the University of Tennessee and Purdue University. In 2009, we established the “Joint Laboratory of Tree Physiology” with the Swiss Institute of Forest, Landscape and Snow. In 2009, we founded the Sino-Japan Joint Laboratory of “Environmental Biology and Ecology” with the National Institute of Environmental Sciences of Japan (NIES). In 2008, we opened the “Soil Quality and Agro-Product Testing Laboratory” in cooperation with Gent University in Belgium.

5 Academic Exchange

From 2008 to 2012, visits to foreign countries totaled 480 person-times, and total visitors to our labs numbered 475 person-times. These two-way visits have greatly promoted and strengthened our international collaboration. At the same time, we organized about 100 seminars by inviting scientists from national and international institutions and universities to promote academic exchanges.

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