ECNU hosts annual virtual international forum of young scientists

2020-06-15

30 May 2 June, ECNU hosted the 2020 International Forum of Young Scientists (Scholars). Nearly 170 distinguished young scholars from domestic and overseas universities, including Harvard University, MIT, Cambridge, Max Planck Institute, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, attended the virtual forum where academic ideas were exchanged. Overall, more than 30,000 people attended the forum through video conferencing or live-streaming platforms.

The 2020 International Forum of Young Scientists (Scholars) is held at ECNU.

ECNU president Qian Xuhong, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, delivered an opening speech at the forum and vice president Sun Zhenrong made a brief introduction at the opening ceremony. The meeting was chaired by Zhu Min, vice chairman of the ECNU University Council.

ECNU president Qian Xuhong delivers an opening speech at the forum.

Two ECNU schools with state-level disciplines, schools of education and geography, separately hosted the sub-forum: Shanghai University Leagues Forum for International Young Scholars. Celebrated experts and scholars at home and abroad attended the forum and delivered speeches to youth scholars from around the world.

During a speech at the main forum, Qian Xuhong elaborated on ECNU's education philosophy and development strategy. According to him, the forum could serve as an international platform for young scholars to promote interdisciplinary exchanges and research innovation.

Professor Li Zhengtao with the Education Faculty; Ye Haifeng, a research fellow with the Life Sciences School; and Professor Shi Guoyue, chief of the university's Personnel Department and Teachers Affairs Department, made speeches one after another. The topics they chose were respectively My 20-Year Growth in ECNU, Love, Struggle, Dedication and Responsibility of ECNU Youth Backbones and Rooted in China, Building a First-Class Faculty.

Professor Li Zhengtao with the Education Faculty.

Ye Haifeng, a research fellow with the Life Sciences School.

Professor Shi Guoyue, chief of the university's Personnel Department and Teachers Affairs Department.

At a sub-forum on the future of education, Professor Yuan Zhenguo, head of the Education Faculty, and Professor Mark Bray shared their views on frontiers in pedagogy in their lectures entitled To Be in the Leader of Future Education and Understanding Education Systems and Processes: Learning from Comparing.”

Professor Yuan Zhenguo, head of the Education Faculty.

Professor Mark Bray shares his views on frontiers in pedagogy.

At the other sub-forum on geography, Professor Su Jilan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and honorary director of the Second Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanography Bureau; Professor Qin Dahe, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of the Center for World Geography and Geostrategic Research of ECNU; and Li Xia, a professor with the School of Geographic Sciences and a member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, delivered lectures on Kuroshio Current and China's Offshore Marine Environment, Development of Climate Change Science and Global Land Use Change and Sustainable Development Goal.

Professor Su Jilan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and honorary director of the Second Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanography Bureau.

Professor Qin Dahe, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of the Center for World Geography and Geostrategic Research of ECNU.

Professor Li Xia, a professor with the School of Geographic Sciences and a member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

Participants from across the departments attended the online forum.

The International Forum of Young Scientists is in its fifth year since it was launched at ECNU in 2016. By hosting this annual event, the university hopes to open a new window for global young talents to understand ECNU and Shanghai through lectures, academic seminars and field trips. Although the form had to go virtual this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it still successfully built a bridge between domestic and foreign young scholars for academic exchanges and in-depth cooperation.


Copy editor:Joshua Mayfield

Editor: Linlan Zhang


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华东师范大学
East China Normal University