The “Jilin University and The University of Queensland Research Symposium 2020” was successfully held online on September 14th.
Zhang Xi, President of JLU, and Deborah Terry, President and Vice-Chancellor of UQ, delivered speeches through prerecorded videos. Two parallel sessions themed “Future Materials” and “Human Horizon in the Post Pandemic Era” were respectively held, during which faculty members from both universities presented their papers and held discussions.
Zhang Xi extended greetings and thanks to faculty and staff of both universities who have helped made this online symposium possible. He reviewed the cooperation and exchanges between JLU and UQ in the past decade in the fields of sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering and geosciences. He said that during the the COVID-19 pandemic, the online symposium would provide an opportunity to promote deeper and more diversified cooperation. He hoped that scholars from the two universities would further deepen exchanges and cooperation, promote high-level talent training and facilitate the output of advanced scientific research.
Deborah Terry congratulated JLU on its 74th anniversary. She said that since the two universities established exchange relationship in 2010, they had shared a commitment to providing world-class teaching and research, and had a deep foundation and great potential for cooperation in the fields of life sciences, physics, engineering, materials science, social sciences and law. As the spread of COVID-19 has sounded the alarm for universities, she hoped that universities could carry out in-depth international cooperation to actively seek solutions.
In the parallel session of “Future Materials”, Professor Yu Chengzhong and Professor Idriss Blakey from Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Professor Ian Gentle from UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Professor Lin Quan and Associate Professor Wu Guanglu from JLU’s State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, and Professor Guan Buyuan from JLU’s State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis & Preparative Chemistry shared and discussed in depth about the outcomes of their future materials researches.
At the parallel session of “Human Horizon in the Post Pandemic Era”, JLU scholars including Professor He Zhipeng, Dean, School of Law, Professor Ding Yibing, Deputy Dean, School of Economics, Professor Wang Xiangyang, School of Management, and Professor Wang Da, Vice Director, Institute of American Studies, were joined by UQ colleagues including Associate Professor Zhu Yunxia, School of Business, Professor Deborah Brown, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan, School of Economics, Mr. David Du, School of Economics, and Mr. Zhang Kun, School of Business. The speakers had in-depth discussion on the socioeconomic development and other interdisciplinary subjects in the post-pandemic era.