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27th Chinese Chemical Society Congress held at XMU- Creative Society and Responsibility of Chemistry

XMUICE    Public:ICE    Datetime:2010/12/23

The 27th Chinese Chemical Society Congress was held at Xiamen University from 20th to 23rd June. The Congress was sponsored by the Chinese Chemical Society and co-organised by Xiamen University and the Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Materials. This Congress, on the theme of "Innovative Society and Responsibility of Chemistry", attracted more than 3,000 Chinese participants, including 55 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 44 members of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies and the chemical societies of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

39 excellent scholars were awarded CCS-John Wiley (VCH) Young Person´s Chemistry Paper Prize (2008; 2009), the 5th CCS-BASF Young Person´s Knowledge Innovation Prize, the 2nd CCS-Royal Society of Chemistry Young Person´s Chemistry Prize, CCS Young Person´s Chemistry Prize (2008; 2009), the 1st CCS-Akzo Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and the 2nd CCS-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Chemistry Prize. 12 people from XMU won Young Person´s Excellent Paper Prize awarded by the 27th CCS Congress.

Academician Bai Chunli, Executive Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director-General of the Chinese Chemical Society.
In his opening address, Academician Bai Chunli, the Chairman of the Congress, called on all those involved in chemistry to focus more strongly on the needs of China and the Chinese people and on the promotion of innovation in research, to accelerate the development of chemical science and technology and to contribute to an environment-friendly and energy-saving society. He said these constituted both the true pursuit of every chemist and the bounden duties of Chinese chemists.
As to the development of chemistry, Prof. Bai said that China had made great strides in development over recent years, with more solid and thorough basic research, greater focus on sustainable development, more original products, and more extensive academic exchanges. Furthermore, both the quality and quantity of research papers published by China had been improved significantly; the total number of papers on chemistry and chemical engineering had put China in the lead globally. However, he also pointed out that China was still behind in terms original products and papers attracting international interest.

Professor Zhu Chongshi, President of Xiamen University.
Professor Zhu said that chemistry was a science closely related to the daily life, as everyday we benefit from discoveries in chemistry. Continued advances in chemistry were essential for the continued development of human society, especially in China. Instead of following its traditional development paths, China needed to engage in economic growth based on the advancing and upgrading of technology, of which chemistry constituted an important part. He said that the theme of the Congress was of immense practical importance to the huge number of experts gathered in Xiamen University to discuss ways of giving chemistry a greater role in the process of building a creative society. He said he was truly pleased that Xiamen University was able to make its contribution.
President Zhu said that chemistry was one the first disciplines established in Xiamen University. Over the last 9 decades, the University had contributed greatly to advances and progress in chemistry in China, in training experts and in research. He expressed his gratitude to the organisers of the Congress, as its being held in Xiamen University would further the development of chemistry and associated disciplines at the University.

Professor Feng Changgen, Head of the secretariat of the China Association for Science and Technology.
Professor Feng said that CCS was one of the first and most influential science and technology organisations in China. Thanks to the continual efforts of all its members, CCS played an important role in promoting academic exchanges, popularising the science of chemistry, and providing consultancies to policy-making bodies.
He said that the main task of a science and technology organisation was to contribute to indigenous innovation through academic exchanges. The CCS was such an organisation, acting as a platform for academic exchanges. Professor Feng said that he hoped that the CCS would focus on economic development, pooling academic resources and making academic conferences more effective towards the rapid and steady development of the economy.

Professor Xi Fu, Vice Director-General of the Chinese Chemical Society.
The closing address was given by Professor Xi Fu. He said that widely acknowledged advances in chemistry had been made in China as a result of the decades of hard work, particularly since the launch of the reform and opening-up policies. China had made phenomenal strides in chemistry, giving it increasing importance and global recognition as an indispensable player in the field of chemistry, and a pivotal role in sustainable economic development for China. He said that, at the same time, the world was going through a new period of industrial restructuring and that China´s chemists would have to shoulder their responsibility in the building of a creative society and leverage fully the potentialities of chemistry in the development of new key industries, including new energy sources, advanced materials, information networks, bio-medicines, energy conservation and environmental protection, low-carbon technology and the green economy. China´s Chemists of China should be forward-thinking and grasp every opportunity to make new contributions in this new era of competitive innovation around the world.
Professor Xi said 2011 was the International Year of Chemistry. The theme for the year was "Chemistry-our life, our future", with its focus on the contribution of chemistry to knowledge and progress, to environmental protection and to the economic development of mankind. The aim was to raise the general public´s awareness of chemistry, and to attract young people into the field, as well as to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. Professor Xi hoped that all chemists, at colleges, universities and institutes of chemistr,y should seize every opportunity to present programmes for popularising chemistry.

Professor Sun Shigang, Vice-President of Xiamen University.
Speaking on behalf of Xiamen University, Professor Sun Shigang said CCS 2010 had been an event for chemists of the highest level: over 3,500 participants had attended; there had been 3074 papers. It had covered a wide range of research, focussed on major issues, and provided thought-provoking discussions, and would go down in the history of chemistry in China. The Congress having been held in Xiamen University would promote the development of chemistry and associated fields at the University, thanks to the presence of chemists and young scholars from China and abroad, many of whom had put forward many constructive suggestions during the Congress as to how to develop chemistry at the University. Professor Sun said he believed that this would have a far-reaching influence on the future of chemistry at Xiamen University.
Furthermore, Professor Sun said that it had been a great honour for Xiamen University to host the Congress. The CCS had given strong support and effective guidance for the preparations; the participants had showed their trust and support for Xiamen University and studies of Chemistry at the University through their active participation. He thanked the CCS and everyone who had been involved in the Congress.

Chinese Chemical Society
The Chinese Chemical Society is a registered non-governmental body formed by Chinese chemists. It was founded in Nanjing on August 4, 1932. By 1949 it had been directed successively by sixteen elected Boards of Directors, and had grown to have over 3000 individual members and 150 group members.
In 1959, the CCS merged with the Chinese Chemical Engineering Society to become the Chinese Chemical and Chemical Engineering Society, but in 1963, it split again into two separate organisations, the Chinese Chemical Society and the Chinese Chemical Engineering Society. Currently, the CCS has over 55,000 registered individual members, a number of foreign members and 58 group members. The CCS has 7 academic committees, 15 specialist committees and 7 working committees.
In 1980, the CCS resumed membership of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) after a period of some 50 years of non-membership. The CCS has established close relations with a number of chemical organisations in various nations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The CCS plays an active role in recommending candidates for appointment as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, as well as in recommending young innovative researchers for national awards.

Chinese Chemical Society Congress
The biennial CCS Congress is a major event in the field of chemistry. For the 27th Chinese Chemical Society Congress, there were 18 academic sessions, 505 lectures by invitation, 604 oral presentations, 1965 poster sessions and 4 forums. One of the four forums held during the 2010 Congress was a new "Chemistry Forum across the Taiwan Strait". Given the increasingly frequent and close exchanges between chemists across the Taiwan Strait, the forum provided a platform for the discussion of developments in chemistry and the potential for more extensive co-operation between the mainland and Taiwan.
The next CCS Congress will be held at Sichuan University in 2012. According to Professor Li Guangxian, Executive Vice-President of Sichuan University, the University has 6 schools affiliated to chemistry with almost 10 thousand people involved in teaching and research in chemistry. He said that it was an honour for Sichuan University to hold the 28th CCS Congress, which was bound to accelerate the development of chemistry in the university. The success of the 27th CCS Congress had set the bar higher for the next one. Sichuan University would draw on the experience of Xiamen University and call for suggestions with the aim of making the next conference even better and more successful. He issued an invitation to all the participants at the 27th Congress and to other workers in the field to come to Chengdu in 2012.

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