Queensland Chinese Association of Scientists and Engineers

2019 Australia-China Science, Technology, Commercialisation and Innovation Forum successfully held in Chongqing, China

Feb 2, 2019 | News

The 2019 Australia-China Science, Technology, Commercialisation and Innovation Forum was successfully held on 21-23 January 2019 in Chongqing, China. The forum was organised by the Queensland Chinese Association of Scientists and Engineers (QCASE) and Chongqing University, and sponsored by Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Chongqing Academy of S&T for Development (CAST), Western Australian Chinese Scientists Association (WACSA), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and Griffith University.

This forum is another example of QCASE’s continuous commitment and solid action in promoting and supporting scientific and technological collaboration between Australia and China, following the success of the inaugural Forum in 2016 initiated and hosted by QCASE.

More than 300 people from Chinese and Australian governments, universities, research institutions and major companies attended the two-day forum. Some 50 experts from Australia attended the forum. This forum consists of a one day plenary session and one day five parallel sessions including the Energy and Resources, Civil Engineering and Construction, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Environment and Ecology, and Biomedicine and Health.

Forum Plenary Session at Kempinski Hotel Chongqing on 22 January 2019

Dr Jie Xu, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane, and Ms Julie-Anne Nichols, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Queensland Government Representative of Greater China, Trade and Investment Queensland, Mr Michael Walsh, Director-General of Queensland Health, sent congratulatory messages to the forum.

Professor Dan Yang, Executive Vice President of Chongqing University, Academician of CAE Dazhao Gu of China National Energy Group, Mr. Tim White, Trade and Investment Commissioner, Austrade Chengdu, Australia, and Mr Zhen Liang, Deputy Director of the Chongqing Municipal Science and Technology Bureau attended the forum and delivered their welcome speeches. The forum chairmen, Dr Hua Guo, QCASE President and Research Director for Coal Mining, CSIRO, Australia, and Professor Fusheng Pan, Academician of CAE and President of CAST, China, delivered their welcome opening speeches and wished the forum a great success.

Dr Hua Guo, QCASE President and Research Director for Coal Mining, CSIRO, delivering his welcome speech

During the two-day forum, more than 100 presentations were delivered, including 10 plenary presentations by Professor Heping Xie, Academician of CAE, Shenzhen University; Professor Mike Hood, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Chair of Queensland Division of ATSE; Professor Meifeng Cai,  Academician of CAE, The Beijing University of Science and Technology; Professor Seth Kunin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Curtin University; Dr Leting Huang, Vice General Manager, Tiandi Science and Technology; Professor Shirong Ge, President of China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing; Professor Yuan Zhiguo,  Fellow of ATSE, Queensland University; Professor Steve Chen, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Professor  Wei Wang, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China) of Edith Cowan University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine of United Kingdom; and Prof. John Bell, Head of School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology.

This Forum, built on the successful scientific collaboration in the recent years between Australia and China, provided a high-level platform to accelerate application and commercialisation of new ideas and research outcomes, and explore collaboration opportunities for the benefit of both nations.

This Forum was also supported by the Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia (FOCSA), Western Australian Chinese Engineers Association (WACEA), and many other organisations in Australia and China.

Forum group photo at Kempinski Hotel Chongqing on 22 January 2019