Beijing workshop promotes UK-China Research
University of Leicester scientists played a lead role in an international
workshop entitled ³Genome Analysis and Biomolecular Sciences² in Beijing on March 13th-19th, 2004. The meeting was co-sponsored by the British Council
and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under the International Networking for Young Scientists scheme (INYS). The aim of the
INYS scheme is to showcase British science and to foster interactions and research collaborations between leading young scientists in the UK and
The workshop was the first INYS meeting to be held in China, and the opening ceremony included addresses from the vice president of the
NSFC, Professor Zuoyan Zhu and Mr Keith Davies, Deputy director of the British Council
China. Professor Bin Liu, Assistant Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS) and Dr Robin Porter, Science and Technology Counsellor of the British Embassy Beijing, were also in attendance. Speakers at the workshop included
scientists from the Universities of Leicester, Cambridge, Manchester, Imperial
College, Institute of Cancer Research, Cancer Research UK and the Sanger
Among the UK delegates, Dr David Heery (Department of Biochemistry) and
Professor Ed Louis (Department of Genetics) chaired sessions on gene regulation and genome analysis. The event included round table discussions
at the University of Beijing, Tsinghua University and the Beijing Genomics Institute.
Dr David Heery, a co-organisor of the workshop, said: "In addition to an excellent scientific programme, this workshop provided an opportunity to meet
top level researchers in China to discuss future collaborative links and opportunities for funding and exchange. A number of concrete collaborations
are expected to develop as a direct result of this event."
A study by the British Council forecasts that the number of overseas students in the UK will treble by 2020, with the largest growth in demand
expected from China (increasing to 225,000). In reference to this Dr Heery added: "This highlights the importance of establishing networks with
academic institutions overseas. Such links will facilitate recruitment and evaluation of overseas applicants for postgraduate study or research posts".
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