The 2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum is Open in Zhejiang University
Editor: Zhou Yichen Source: Zhejiang University Press Office Time: July 14, 2017 Visit Count: 1270
  Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology and organized by Zhejiang University, the 2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University in the morning of July 12.
  The forum is a side event of 2017 BRICS Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting. It is held to give an active response to the Ufa Declaration stated in the 7th BRICS Summit in July 2015, and to implement the initiative of the 2nd BRICS Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting in Brasilia in March 2015. The theme of the forum is "Building Young Scientists' Leadership". The participants are young scholars aged below 40 with great international influence and recommended by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the BRICS countries. Results of the forum will be reported to the BRICS Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting.
  Ye Dongbai, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Science and Technology, China; Wang Jian, Deputy Director General of Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province; and Song Yonghua, Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University attend the opening ceremony and deliver speeches. Yan Jianhua, Vice President of Zhejiang University, delivers a keynote speech. Vladimir Kruzhaev, Vice Principal of Ural Federal University; Babongile Mkhize, Deputy Director of Bilateral Cooperation Office of South African Ministry of Science and Technology; Huo Hongwei, Deputy Director of China Science and Technology Center, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China; and Raj Kumar Sharma, Director of the International Multilateral and Regional Cooperation Division, Ministry of Science and Technology of India make keynote speeches respectively to introduce S&T policies of each country. The opening ceremony is presided over by Bo Zheng, Chairman of the forum and a professor of College of Energy Engineering of Zhejiang University.
  In the next two days, more than 120 young scientists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will make respective reports on the S&T progress of areas related to energy, materials and biomedical science. The chairman of each sub-forum shall be one Chinese scholar and one foreign scholar. The three Chinese chairmen include Professor Li Hanying, Researcher Fan Liwu, and Professor Zhao Bin. Industrial Technology Research Institute of Zhejiang University and Yunnan Academy of Scientific & Technical Information will talk about transformation of scientific and technological achievements. BRICS young scientists will participate in scientific, technical and cultural exchanges in the History Museum of Zhejiang University, the Science and Technology Show, Industrial Show, State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, and State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

The young are becoming the main force of scientific and technological innovation and development
  With rapid economic development and increasing scientific and technological innovation influence, the BRICS are becoming the guardians of multilateral global order and leaders of future innovation. They, however, face quite many difficulties: large but not strong S&T talent team, outflow of top talents, short of leading talents and high-skilled talents. Ye Dongbai indicates that in the prime of life with great creativity and vitality, young scientists play an irreplaceable role in S&T innovation and are in the golden period for innovation. Youth is the future and hope of a country. Strengthening exchanges of young scientists is of great relevance for the BRICS countries' efforts to promote S&T innovation and sustainable socio-economic development.
  Professor Zhao Bin, Chairman of Biomedical Sub-forum, is a scholar listed in the Youth 1,000 Plan of China and a winner of the Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation. His research team has illustrated the relevance between Hippo pathway and anti-tumor immunity, the important hepatocarcinogenesis mechanism. "At the subsequent part of the forum, we will go into some more detail about the development of biomedical technology from application for biotechnology patent, antiviral infection strategies, etc. to benefit the BRICS countries in terms of biomedical science," said Zhao.
  2017 is the first year of the second decade of BRICS cooperation, and also a very important year for Zhejiang Province to implement the "13th Five-Year" Plan. It is proposed in the 14th Congress of Party Representatives of Zhejiang Province to build Zhejiang into a strong province in innovation and opening-up. "Zhejiang will strengthen S&T cooperation with other BRICS countries to provide good opportunities for win-win development." said Mr. Wang Jian.
  Mr. Huo Hongwei said that "We hope that the BRICS countries will carry out more high-level dialogs and cooperation, strengthen scientific cooperation in advantageous areas, cultivate common industrial growth points, expand the scale of inter-government cooperate, promote talent exchange, and realize synergy between innovation and entrepreneurship policies to build a golden future".

Zhejiang University is making efforts to help improve the international leadership of China's young scholars
   The forum is held right in the 120th anniversary of Zhejiang University. Over the 120 years of development, Zhejiang University has conducted more and more exchange and cooperation activities with domestic and foreign colleges and universities, research institutions, experts and scholars, and has gained a high international reputation. "Hosting the forum and cooperating with young scientists can help us find new means and ways to solve social development problems." said Song, Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University.
  Mr. Yan Jianhua introduces the R&D level and international cooperation of Zhejiang University, and he states that Zhejiang University has been advancing the improvement of R&D level and its initial innovation capability, and focusing on interdisciplinary development through establishment of "16+X" Technology Union to better meet the global challenges and serve national strategies. According to statistics, Zhejiang University has established cooperative relationship with about 100 famous colleges and universities and over 40 academic institutions and research centers around the world and promotes exchanges between students and teachers of Zhejiang University and international famous scholars via such platforms as "Overseas Excellent Expert Lecture Room" and various international academic meetings.
   Bo Zheng, who participated in the 1st BRICS Young Scientist Forum in Bangalore, India, says that "In recent years, Zhejiang University has achieved fruitful results in introduction of overseas young talents and cultivation of domestic young talents. The forum is right a good chance to show the "world-class university and world-class discipline" building performance of Zhejiang University in recent years and its young scholars, and also to enhance international exchange and cooperation. The three Chinese chairmen are outstanding in their respective field, among which, Professor Li Hanying, who is born in the 1980s, is a winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. The forum is hosted under strong support of the university, especially the Principal's Office, the Sci-Tech Academy, International Relations, Chinese Communist Youth League committee, and the Conference Center. Through the forum, international leadership and influence of our young scholars will be further improved."
  Zhejiang University now has more than 6,000 international students from over 140 countries, and has conducted high-level international cooperation through more than 40 joint research centers established with over 40 colleges, universities and institutes.
   Vladimir Kruzhaev says that "We wrote 42 papers in collaboration with China in the last year. International cooperation among young scientists is playing a more and more important role." Ural Federal University attaches great importance to cooperation with world famous colleges and universities. He has visited China and Zhejiang University several times to seek cooperation in such fields as energy, materials and IT.

(Text Zhou Yiying/Photograph Zhou Lichao)