Madam Chen Xiaoya, Vice Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China visited Western Australia as part of her official visit to Australia. Perth was her first stop. Winthrop Professor Dongke Zhang FTSE hosted a dinner meeting for Madam Chen and her delegation, which was also attended by Madam Wang Yiner, the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth, on the 22nd of May 2012. Mr Xujie, attaché of Science and Technology from the Embassy of China in Canberra, and Mr Bu Kang Xiang, counsellor of the Consulate-General of China in Perth, were also present at the dinner. Prof. Zhang was accompanied by Prof. John Dell (Dean of Engineering), Prof. Alan Dench (Dean of Graduate Research School), Prof. Brett Nener (Deputy Dean of Engineering), Prof. Yinong Liu (Head of School, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering), Professor Liang Cheng (Head of School, Civil and Resources Engineering), Professor Andy Fourie (Civil and Resources Engineering) and Professor Xiaozhi Hu (President of WA Chinese Scholars Association).
During the dinner meeting, Prof. Zhang, Madam Chen and Madam Wang discussed a wide range of bilateral issues related to science and technology collaboration, especially on the sustainable energy, environmental and climate changes, science education and training, energy and resources trades between Australia and China, and the important roles that the Chinese Australian academic and science leaders are playing in the relationship between the two countries. Prof. Zhang presented a talk on his four imperatives of energy to the honourable guests. Madam Chen and Madam Wang have praised and appreciated the significant R&D collaboration between UWA Centre for Energy with many Chinese research institutions and industry partners. In a most recently established China-Australia Joint Centre and Alliance for Energy and Mining initiative, UWA leads an Australian consortium of organisations, including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, The University of Adelaide, University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales, Umwelt (Australia) Pty Limited, Ansac Pty Limited, Ceramic Fuel Cell Limited, and University of Western Sydney, partnering with ten Chinese participants, including China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing and Xuzhou), Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Shenhua Corporation, Yancon Group Co., Ltd, Huainan Mining Corporation and Hohai University. In addition to this initiative, Prof. Zhang also leads several nationally significant energy-related projects in China, collaborating with ENN, North China Electric Power University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and University of Science and Technology Liaoning. The meeting concluded with great food, companion and fruitful discussions, all in a light Chinese and Australia fork music background.
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