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17 June 2011
The Chinese Academy of Sciences, a leading academic and R&D institution has chosen the University as the only destination in Wales to visit as part of a UK-wide tour of the UK’s finest laboratories and science facilities.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant welcomed a high-level delegation of 20 senior officials including Mr Ding Li, Director General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Supervision and Auditing Bureau, and Mr Jianguo Wu from the Administration Bureau.
Joined by scientists from some of the Academy’s 200 institutes and key national laboratories based across the country, the visit offered the opportunity to learn about the scope of scientific R&D in higher education in the UK, and to share best practice in developing scientific talent and stimulate innovation.
While at Cardiff they heard about the University’s own management of its scientific base and researchers and toured some of the School of Chemistry’s state-of-the-art laboratories, which served to enhance the University’s research profile among some of the Academy’s most influential staff.
Professor Sir Martin Evans, President of the University and winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007 addressed the group over a lunch which was also attended by Wales’ Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor John Harries, and Gary Davies, Head of European & External Affairs, and Dr Ron Loveland, Director of Sustainable and Industry Wales from Welsh Government.
Other UK destinations visited by CAS included the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, the Roslyn Institute at Edinburgh University, the Department of Innovation and Skills, the Royal Society and the National Physical Laboratory.
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