You are invited to attend the free webinarThursday, 29 October 2020 - 8am (GMT) / 4pm (Beijing) Register here (https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=1607) Registration deadline: Wednesday 28th October – 2pm (GMT) / 10pm (Beijing)Presented by:David A.T. Harper is Professor of Palaeontology in Earth Sciences and Principal of Van Mildert College in Durham University. He is a former President of the Palaeontological Association and the International Palaeontological Association, and is currently Chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.Zhan Renbin, a research professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS), is now the Director of NIGPAS, the Secretary-General of the International Paleontological Association (IPA), the Chair of the Asian Palaeontological Association (APA), and the President of the Palaeontological Society of China (PSC).What will be covered?· Life has been evolving on our planet for some four billion years but for most of geological time life was microbial· Within a window of some 100 million years animal life appeared in complexity and diversity and gradually began to dominate our biosphere· Major biotic events such as the Cambrian Explosion, The Great Ordovician Biodiversification and the Late Ordovician Extinction changed the direction of life on Earth, established its resilience and initiated more modern marine ecosystems· Intrinsic factors such as competition between animals and extrinsic factors such as climate and environmental change were key evolutionary drivers· Crucial fossil evidence from China and beyond will be discussed and illustrated.We invite you to join us for the first webinar in our Knowledge Across Borders series – a partnership between Durham University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
UCAS Cultural Festival boosted up Visit Nepal 2020Written by: Nitesh Khadka & Aruna Puri Edited by Pralhad GuptaNamaste! We are from a holy birthplace of Lord Buddha and towering Mount Everest. Nepal is a beautiful neighboring country of China, linked with mountains and rivers. Though the great Himalayas mark the boundary, nevertheless, two states have thousands of years of the historical and cultural relationship between the people and rulers of two countries. Nepal tied the formal diplomatic relationship with the People's Republic of China in 1955. The government of Nepal has aimed to attract more than two million tourists in 2020, disseminating the extraordinary nature, culture, and heritage of Nepal through a worldwide campaign— “Visit Nepal 2020”.On the auspicious occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Cultural Festival of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), 2019 was organized in Yanqihu Campus, Beijing, to explore the diversity among all the international students from over sixty nations worldwide. As usual this year among hundreds of students in UCAS, Nepalese students actively participated in the cultural festival with a stunning Nepal booth among the other 33 stalls promulgating the diverse culture, spectacular natural scenes, and heritage sites of Nepal. Nepalese students were dressed up in their national and different cultural costumes signifying Nepal as unity in diversity. The Nepal’s booth was decorated with numerous pictures, handicrafts, traditional Nepali clothes, typical Nepali paper made diary, puppets of Newari culture (Maicha and Boucha), portraits and statues displaying eye-catching natural scenery, snowcapped mountains, major festivals, the living goddess Kumari, and the various renowned Hindu temples and Buddha Stupas listed under world heritage sites. The cultural festival has provided a platform to make public Nepal as ‘Birthplace of Lord Buddha’ and ‘Land of Mount Everest (Sagarmatha/Qomolongma)’ among different nationalities studying at UCAS. The unique and peculiar triangular-shaped national flag of Nepal attracted the visitors. Visitors had a great chance to mingle and understand the culture of Nepal, and we offered 'tika' to them. 'Tika' is a red mark worn in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows, which symbolizes the victory upon evil in the cultural festivals of Nepal. Nepal always welcomes its guests as a symbol of god (Atithi Devo bhava: Slogan from Sanskrit). Team Nepal served typical Nepalese traditional food, such as Selroti and pickle made from fresh vegetables with little spicy to the visitors. The visitors were requested to visit or advertise Nepal for its tourism. A group of four beautiful Nepalese girls dressed up in national costumes stunned the audience. It left them in awe moments by displaying outstanding dance performance. They gave a continuous solo performance under the fusion of three different Nepali songs, one being 'Tamang Selo,' a song from indigenous people of mountainous Nepal.Here is the name list of some of the national heritage landmarks and iconic places in Nepal for tourists. The background screen displayed these iconic landmarks.Pokhara, the heavenly and naturally vibrant cityMust-to-visit national parks with a variety of wildlife and tourist adventuresNamche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest's base campSpectacular lakes such as "Fewa Lake."Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath-The pilgrimage for Hindus and BuddhistsBhaktapur Durbar Square-world heritage siteThe 2019 UCAS cultural festival is significantly aimed to boost up the Visit Nepal 2020, by promoting Nepal as a preferred travel destination among both Chinese and international nationalities. Also, the 2019 UCAS cultural festival indirectly supported the vow of Rt. Hon. President Xi Jinping, who has agreed to boost up Nepal’s visit year in his recent state visit to Nepal by encouraging more Chinese people to visit.~Nepalese cultural dance performance~Nepalese cultural dance performance~Nepalese cultural dance show with the national flag~Nepalese students at UCAS (Group Photo)Jai Nepal!Authors: Nitesh Khadka, Aruna PuriPhotographer(s): Sujan Khadka, Kalpana Hamal, Rehman ButtEditor: Pralhad GuptaSupported by: International College, UCAS If you want to share your stories with us and UCASers at our official website, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (WeChat: EngPralhad).
2019 Summer School on Frontier and Inter-Disciplinary Sciences for the Overseas Students held successfully in UCAS, BeijingThe 2019 Summer School on Frontier and Interdisciplinary Sciences for the Overseas Students, organized by University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) was successfully accomplished in Beijing. The program was held from July 01 to July 06, 2019 at the premises of beautiful campuses of UCAS in Huairou district and Zhongguancun. In total, around thirty-nine international students from various countries representing numerous institutes of “Chinese Academy of Sciences-CAS”, around several Chinese cities participated. The majority of the participants belonged to graduated Ph.D. and Masters students whereas a very few of them were current students of UCAS.~Group photo after the opening ceremony It was an innovative training program supported by International College of UCAS (IC-UCAS), CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Program and International Centre for Theoretical Physics Asia-Pacific (ICTP-AP). The modules of this summer school were focused on Science, technological innovation, and career opportunities for passed out students. UCAS has always been up-to-the-mark promoting the science–education integration and university-institutes integration mode, building an extraordinary scientific – educational integration center with the institutes of CAS. The program was steered by the team of IC-UCAS to make the optimum use of the advantages of scientific-educational resources of CAS, accelerate the internationalization of CAS and UCAS, create an international academic atmosphere and improve the education of international students.~Dr. Chen Feng encouraging students during the opening ceremony[/caption]The agenda of the summer school included:Lectures from famous local and international professors on Interdisciplinary Sciences as well as field experts in technological innovationsLectures from the specialists having successful businesses in China and abroad about the career opportunities in China after Ph.D. graduation.Company visits to deepen the understanding of how giant companies operate and make businesses in China and abroadEncouragement to the students to be the leading part instead of just a participant’s role only. Presentation of the students on their research project or scientific outcomes.Workshop on “IC-UCAS Alumni Network Design”Students who graduated in 2019 or will be graduated by 2020 were highly encouraged to attend this summer school program. The program notice was disclosed in the 3rd-4th quarter of June month.Opening Ceremony and Photo session The opening ceremony was held at “UCAS International Conference Center-Yanqihu campus”. After the opening ceremony, the group photo of participants was organized with the officials of IC-UCAS, distinguished guests and professors.Lecture SeriesThe first lecture was delivered by Prof. Hossein Ganjidoust from Iran entitled as “Invention and Innovation in Environmental Engineering”. He focused on recent technologies to reduce environmental pollution and promote sustainable development. ~Lecture by Prof. Hossein Ganjidoust from IranAnother interesting lecture session was “Catch the Sight of the Black Hole” by Prof. Yuan Feng. He highlighted some interesting facts about the “Black Hole “and shared his insights to the latest photographs of the black hole which came to the reality just a few months ago. He also shed light on the contribution of his research team, along with other Chinese students behind this great success. According to Mr. Yuan Feng, around 16 scientists from China took part in this great venture, out of which, 11 scientists belonged to his institute.~Lecture by Prof. Yuan Feng on “Catch the sight of the Black Hole”Likewise, the next presentation was delivered by Prof. Yu Haifeng. He highlighted the recent research collaboration between China and African countries, especially focusing on Kenya. It was followed by another two interesting speeches. ~Lecture by Yu Haifeng on “Charming Africa”~Pralhad Gupta, during question-answer session with Prof. Yu HaifengAnna Trunina, an international student of the UCAS expressed her thoughts on the topic “Academic entrepreneurship in the world” and Dr. Zhong Cheng delivered his speech on “Technology Commercialization: From the university lab to the products in the market”. His stories were really inspiring and it was such a great experience to learn how to transform your research successes into the realization of a great business.One more lecture on last day was given by Prof. Zhong Yu on “Belt and Road- Industrial alliance introduction and opportunity”. The speaker emphasized the future career opportunities and scholarships under CAS and some specific BRI programs.Visiting BOE and JD (two pioneer high-tech companies) During this summer school, the two high-tech companies BOE and Jingdong (JD.com) were selected for the visit. BOE is known as one of the world’s leading companies producing both LCDs and OLEDs. It was quite exciting to know their recent advancements in the field of OLEDs of promising flexibility and incredible applications. Likewise, JD is a leading pioneer high-tech e-business enterprise in China and the participants were enthralled to observe the operation module of the online business of JD. The recent update on the “online shopping “and its networking information was given to the participants during the visit.~The participants and BOE’s representative during Q&A session~Group photo at the headquarter of JD ~International students while visiting JD’s headquarter in BeijingAlumni Network Inaugural Meeting One of the major goals of this get-together activity was to propose ideas for “Alumni Network Design”. Before the closing ceremony, the five groups were formed and each group was assigned a topic to propose their ideas. The participants after a long brainstorming session with their teammates came with remarkable ideas and suggestions about designing a network system for the alumni of the university. The final presentation was delivered by the team leader of eachThe topics of discussion are as follows:How the executive committee is organized?(Organization structure/KPI (Key Performance Indicators) for executive members)How can the association be known to alumni?What kind of activities can help to maintain an evolutionary alumni association?How can we attract funding (from alumni, donors and charity organizations)? And how can we create value to be more attractive for sponsors?What kind of opportunities and services should the association provide to bring alumni back to the alumni network system?After the discussion session, the final proposal draft on each topic was submitted to the IC-UCAS office for future endeavors and pre-planning.Book Donation Program and Closing Ceremony~Vice President Wu Yueliang meet with company representatives before the ceremony~Dr. Chen Feng formally inaugurating “Book Donation “ceremonyThe book donation and closing ceremony program were held on the last day of the summer school. The renowned book entitled “Xi Jinping” was distributed among a few students. The book was published in different languages such as Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and Portuguese. Closing remarks were given by the vice-president of the UCAS, Yueliang Wu, the director of Sino-Danish Center (SDC), Zhengyi Hu, and the director of foreign affairs office, Yong Xie.~Zhengyi Hu addressing the session of “Book Donation Ceremony” ~Yu Fuwen (Company Manager, Chongxue Wenhua Co.) of “Xi Jinping” book published~Group photo after the closing ceremony Author: Dr. Mitra Lal Pathak (Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)Photographer(s): Dr. Mitra Lal Pathak, Xu Jinbiao, Pralhad GuptaEditor: Pralhad Gupta
2019 Summer School on Frontier and Interdisciplinary Sciences for the Oversea Students is an innovative training project co-sponsored by International College of UCAS (IC-UCAS), CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Program and International Centre for Theoretical Physics Asia-Pacific (ICTP-AP, as a category 2 center under the auspices of UNESCO). The Summer School will focus on Science, Technology Innovation, Career opportunities. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences is promoting the scientific – educational integration and university-institute integration mode, building an extraordinary scientific – educational integration center with institutes of CAS. The IC-UCAS aims to make fully use of the advantages of scientific- educational resource of CAS, accelerate the internationalization of CAS and UCAS, and create an international academic atmosphere and processing the education of international students. The guiding principle of IC-UCAS is “unified enrollment, education management and degree conferment; faculty-institute’s fusion on leadership, faculty, management and cultivating system”. With the concept of “Internationalization, Openness, Comprehensiveness and Perceptiveness”, International College will strive to become a unique and world renewed college. 2019 Summer School will be held in Yanqihu Campus and Zhongguancun Campus of UCAS from July 1st to 6th 2019. The agenda of the summer school will include:Lectures from famous local and international professors on Interdisciplinary Sciences as well as field experts in technology innovations;Lecture from the specialists about the career opportunities in China after PhD graduation;Discovery expedition to the institutes and technology companies;Students’ lecture time. We will encourage students to be the Leading Part instead of Participant Role only. Students will be able to present their research project or scientific idea. We will prepare the Bonus or rewards to the winners.Workshop: “IC-UCAS Alumni Network Design”.Students who will graduate in 2019 or 2020 are highly encouraged to attend this summer school. Here is the detailed announcement: The registration conditionsInternational students of UCASOnline Registration1） Registration Time: Registration begins as from today and the deadline is June 25th, 2019.2） Firstly go to the website https://www.wjx.top/jq/41643970.aspx for online registration.3） Then fill in the attached Application Form to apply for the Summer school.4） Print the Application Form and it needs to be approved by your supervisor with his/herSignature.5） Submit the signed application form to educational administrative department ofyour institute (Not IC-UCAS) for approval. Registration Quota:30-40 students Approval and fundingAll the official selected students will be provided with the hospitality package (which includes tuition and fees, the support of hotel room during the centralized study time and round trip train tickets. Daily meals cost will be paid by students themselves. Other students who want to participate on their own are also welcome. On-site Registration RequirementsRegistration Time: July 1st, 2019, since 8:00AM to 20:00PMRegistration Address: International Conference Center, Yanqihu Campus,UCASTeam-lead teacher：To be determined by the institute or college Contact information The International College of UCAS Phone Number:（010）82680959 Fax:（010）82680957 Email: email@example.com