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President Higgins meets UCD students in Beijing to celebrate scientific links between Ireland and China.

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 


President Michael D. Higgins with John Yu, PhD student at UCD.

President Michael D. Higgins with John Yu, PhD student at UCD.

A celebration of scientific research links between Ireland and China took place during the State Visit of President Michael D. Higgins to China. The showcase event organised by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) celebrated the collaborative work that is underway between institutions in China and Ireland across a range of scientific disciplines.

During the event, President Higgins was introduced to Chinese and Irish researchers who are currently collaborating on research projects. President Higgins met with Professor Li Fengqin of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) and John Yu, PhD student at UCD who spoke to the President about the deep collaboration ongoing between the CFSA and UCD, including the exchange programme in operation between the two institutions.

 

President Michael D. Higgins with Professor Li Fengqin of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said, “Ireland’s international reputation as a leader in research has been enhanced significantly in recent years as a result of almost 2,000 national and international collaborations in 48 countries. Further collaboration with our colleagues in China will allow the scientific ecosystem across both nations to grow, to continue to attract quality researchers and foster excellent research.”

The event also provided an opportunity to promote the newly supported twelve SFI Research Centres to Chinese academic and industrial researchers.