The university renewed a memorandum of cooperation with Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) on October 20.
ECNU vice president Wang Rongming and Carol Robinson, chairman of the scientific steering committee of IMBER, signed the documents, which extended both parties’ cooperation on IMBER regional project office for another three years.
ECNU renews a memorandum of cooperation with IMBER.
Wang stressed the immense significance of IMBER science program for international marine scientific research and expressed heartfelt thanks to the organization’s decision to set up the office at ECNU.
Robinson appreciated the great support from the university for global environmental change research and for the establishment of its office. She also spoke highly of the achievements the office has made in the past three years, which, she believed, has enhanced domestic and international influence of IMBER.
She said she confided in prospects of the office in the next three years and pinned high hope on its future role in IMBER’s expansion in Asia and the world.
Set up at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) as agreed in a memorandum between ECNU and IMBER in 2010 to promote IMBER’s science program and active strategy in Asia-Pacific, the office had been a success in the following three years until 2013, which prompted both parties to extend cooperation on the office for three more years until this year.
The office, which serves a high-quality platform for exchanges between relevant scientists, has hosted a number of international conventions, academic meetings and summer training sessions of IMBER in 2014, and helped with a report by IMBER capability improvement work team.
The office also enables SKLEC to reach its tentacles to international partners for cooperation in marine biogeochemistry and chemistry and other relevant fields, which speeds up the internationalization of the lab.