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“A Scientific Gala for Australia-China Scholars”

The 10th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars in Australia

日期:2017年11月26日     CAPS

 

On 18th of November 2017, the “10th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars in Australia” hosted by the Chinese Association of Professionals and Scholars (CAPS) Australia, was successfully held at Monash University, Clayton. The Symposium attracted over 400 PhD students and young scholars, together with  approximately 100 academic experts and more than 30 sponsors from both Australia and China.


The Symposium was officially opened by Mr. Jian Zhao, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China to Melbourne; Mr. Ken Sloan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise) of Monash University; and Dr. Sifei Han, President of CAPS Australia. Honourable guests included Counsellor Jiang Zhao, Consul Zhiyong Yang,  representatives from the Education Office of Chinese Consulate General in Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria, Monash City Hall, media, student and entrepreneurial associations.


Prof. Aibing Yu (elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash-Southeast University joint venture) and Prof. On Kit Tam (Vice President of the Australia China Business Council Victoria and Professor of Finance at RMIT University) both delivered captivating plenary keynote speeches. The 10th Symposium program included seven parallel sessions, ranging from mathematics and physics, engineering, agriculture, biomedical and health sciences, to social sciences and humanities. A “Career and Innovation” session was an additional highlight of the 10th Symposium, together with the three-minute thesis oral competition and careers fair.

 

Representatives from the People’s Republic of China Consulate-General in Melbourne, Monash University and CAPS Australia

 

Group photo of The 10th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars in Australia

 

Dr. Ruohui Lin, Executive Vice President of CAPS Australia, hosted the opening ceremony of the Symposium, with a video capturing the journey and vision of CAPS Australia. Afterwards, Dr. Sifei Han thanked all attendees for their participation. For the past ten years, CAPS Australia has strived to become the bilateral bridge for China-Australia academic exchange, an interactive platform for visiting Chinese scholars, and an information portal for career development and innovative entrepreneurship. The Symposium is the embodiment of CAPS Australia’s vision. Dr. Sifei Han expressed his delight to, once again hosting the Symposium at Monash University, after a nine year lapse, and wholeheartedly thanked Monash University for their support in preparation of the Symposium. Subsequently, Dr. Sifei Han also thanked the Education Office of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne and other sectors of the community for their long-standing support and recognition of CAPS Australia, and wished the Symposium a complete success.

 

Dr. Sifei Han, President of CAPS Australia, giving a welcoming remark

 

Mr. Ken Sloan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, delivered a welcoming address to all attendees present at the opening ceremony in Chinese, attracting rounds of applause. Entrusted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner and on behalf of Monash University, he warmly welcomed all guests. He stated that Monash University upholds the principle of open-mindedness and are committed to international cooperation. The establishment of Monash University's Suzhou Campus in China is a perfect representation of the close relationship and cooperation between Monash University and China. He emphasised that Monash University has devoted to the integrated development of academia, industry and research in order to bring together all "talented minds" to work together to create a better world.

 

Mr. Ken Sloan, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Monash University

 

Mr. Jian Zhao was very pleased to attend the Symposium and acknowledged CAPS Australia for providing a platform for young scholars to connect academic research and industrial transformation across China and Australia. He congratulated CAPS Australia on the exceptional progress it has made over the years, and for hosting the Symposium which provided a platform to facilitate exchange of research ideas and network. Mr. Zhao expressed that the Consulate-General has always paid close attention to the cooperation and exchanges between China and Australia in science and technology, and hopes to further strengthen its cooperation, and bring greater benefits to both countries. As such, the efforts of Chinese scholars in Australia are one of the effective means for the smooth progress of such cooperation and achievements in the future. He also stressed that China will continue to deepen its reform, opening up worldwide and seek innovation-driven development, which cannot be accomplished without the contribution of future generations. He entrusts CAPS Australia will continue to create more opportunities for exchanges and cooperation among students and scholars from different fields of specialisation.

 

Mr. Jian Zhao, People’s Republic of China, Consul General in Melbourne

 

  The two renowned keynote speakers for the Symposium were received with many compliments. Prof. Aibing Yu gave an in-depth yet thought provoking talk on “Small Particles, Big Science”. Prof. Yu shared his team’s research from five aspects, including what are particles, why modelling and simulation, and how it is computed, what are the end-use applications, and where are the prospects in particle research.  He expressed that, through modelling and simulation, the fundamentals of particle interactions can be further studied, which will assist to develop effective theories to describe solid-, liquid-, and gas-like behaviour of particles under different conditions. The research outcomes can be applied to oil refineries, power plants to drug delivery. The major research challenges in the field of granular matter are simulation from two-phase to multi-phase and a theory to link the discrete and continuum approaches. Future scholars will need to advance granular modelling research to generate a step change in process design, control and optimisation.

 

Plenary Keynote Speech by Professor Aibing Yu

 

The afternoon session of the Symposium was hosted by Dr. Baiqian Dai, Vice President of CAPS Australia. Prof. On Kit Tam from RMIT University brought the audience a fascinating topic on “Finance Matters in Research and Professional Careers”. Prof. Tam mentioned that the Chinese government is currently investing heavily in scientific research and has a very good research ecosystem. Establishing a cooperative relationship with China is conducive to Australia's scientific innovation and technological transformation. In addition, establishing research funding sources repository through government or industrial funds, church sponsorships and individual donations is also necessary. In the high-tech manufacturing sector, China's growth rate is exponential; however comparatively speaking, China's development in the commercial, financial and information service industries is relatively slower. Nevertheless, the economic value created by such industries is much higher than the high-tech manufacturing industry, indicating that the importance of the financial economy cannot be ignored. Professor Tam said the Australian government should encourage researchers to do more applied research in order to quickly and directly improve the community. Government funds play a vital role in academic research, which can guide the direction of future research to a certain extent.

Plenary Keynote Speech of Professor On Kit Tam

 

In addition to the plenary keynote speeches of the Symposium, there were eight parallel sessions, of which seven were: biomedical and health sciences; chemistry, chemical engineering and materials; civil, environmental, and agricultural engineering; economics, business and management; mathematics, physics, computer sciences, and IT; mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering; and social sciences and humanities. An eighth session, Career and Innovation, debuted in this year’s Symposium, as to meet the increasing needs of PhD students and early career researchers for career guidance and opportunities. Speeches from speakers, career guidance given by experts from industry and networking sessions ignited live discussions and exchanges among participants.

 

Speakers at Parallel Sessions

 

      The Symposium also arranged a Careers Fair which brought about an energetic atmosphere for enterprises, institutions and major universities to interact with PhD students and young scholars. Participating institutions included Qilu University of Technology-Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jilin University, Yangzhou University, South University of Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Australian Ultimate Services Group, Sinovation Ventures, Eureka International Group, ESFINO, BMY Group, Global Business College of Australia (GBCA), ARC Center of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, Australia-China Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Association (ACAMMA), and Shanxi Zhendong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. As there is increasing need to integrate scientific research with industrial needs, this has broaden the development space for young scholars and employers alike.

 

Careers Fair

 

       A highlight of the Symposium was the three-minute oral competition presentation, hosted by Miss Danzi Song, CAPS Australia committee member. Ten PhD students and early career researchers participated, across different disciplines, ranging from engineering, biomedical and social science, to economic and business. The participants were challenged to use one slide and three minutes to pitch their research projects and results to audiences with various backgrounds. The competition brought onto the stage some of the most spectacular presentations and applauses from the audience.

 

3-Minute Oral Competition Speakers

 

Top left: Winner of 3-minute oral competition “Best Presentation Award”; top middle: winner of 3-minute oral competition “People’s Choice Award”; top right: winner of “Best Paper Award”; bottom left and middle: Lucky audience prize; bottom right: volunteers certificate award

 

       The closing and award ceremony, hosted by Dr. Wenjie Ye, the Vice President of CAPS Australia, brought about the conclusion of the Symposium. From the 36 young scholars who presented their research, Qingmei Hu, Guoping Hu, Jun Wang, Fei Meng, Chanyi Yang, Zongyuan Ge, and Jiaqiang Luo were awarded with Best Paper Awards for their respective sessions. As for the three-minute oral competition, Mr. Siyuan He from Monash University was awarded the People’s Choice Award, with Miss Lanzhou Jiang from La Trobe University took home the Best Presentation Award. Three lucky attendees of the Symposium won various gifts with the lucky draw. Dr. Ye expressed gratefulness towards the organisers, volunteers and sponsors of the Symposium. Finally, Dr. Ruohui Lin, encouraged PhD students and scholars alike to participate in CAPS Australia’s future events with her concluding remarks, and the Symposium has come to a successful closing.

 

      The 10th Research Symposium was co-organised by the Australian Chinese Association for Biomedical Sciences (ACABS) and the Association of Chinese Government Sponsored Students and Scholars in Melbourne (ACGSs MEL). The Symposium was supported by the Monash University and the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne, as well as the Qilu University of Technology-Shandong Academy of Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Jilin University, Yangzhou University, Southern University of Science and Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Australian Ultimate Services Group, Sinovation Ventures, Eureka International Group, ESFINO, BMY Group, Global Business College of Australia (GBCA), ARC Center of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, Australia-China Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Association (ACAMMA), Shanxi Zhendong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., China Southern Airlines, Bunyip Tours and other agencies. People's Daily Overseas Edition, Xinhua News Agency (Sydney Bureau), People's Daily Online Australia, AusFocus International Media Group, Qie News, Australia China Business Circle and other media coverage of the event. Xinhua News Agency, Sina News, Sohu News, NetEase News, Ostar International Media Group, Hong Kong News and other media reprinted media reports of the Symposium on their respective online media outlet.


  (Written by:CAPS Secretariate Leo Noi/Kate Wang)