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Beijing workshop promotes UK-China Research Collaborations

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 overseas. 

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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