Let's review what’s new in CAST and China's scientific and engineering community in July and August.
On August 25-28, 2022, the 2022 World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC) took place in Beijing and Hainan in hybrid mode. Over 1,500 Chinese and international participants from 14 countries attended the on-site events held at the two venues.
The congress released the “2022 World New Energy Vehicle Congress Consensus”, which called for more global cooperation and a switch to electrification to help the industry respond to climate change, accelerate transformation and upgrading, and achieve sustainable development. The congress also announced the recipients of the “2022 Cutting-Edge and Innovative Technologies of World New Energy Vehicle”.
On August 18-21, 2022, the 2022 World Robot Conference took place in Beijing in hybrid mode. Supported by 23 international organizations, the conference brought together over 300 leading industry players from 15 countries and regions to showcase cutting-edge technologies and visions for the future.
The World Robot Conference is currently the most influential platform for the global robotics industry to exchange ideas and network. This year’s event featured the release of several important documents and findings including the China Robotics Industry Development Report (2022), A Collection of Papers on Advanced Robotics and Automation, the top ten frontier robotics technologies, and top ten robotics applications. Another highlight was the World Robotics Competition, held on the sidelines. Known as the “Olympics” of the robotics world, the competition set a record this year in terms of the number of events and participants, with an average of 4,000 robots competing each day.
On August 21-23, the 2022 World Sensors Summit was held in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. The Summit brought together over 700 representatives in academia, industry and governments. It also invited world-renowned Nobel laureates and academicians to speak on the industry’s needs, weaknesses and potential solutions, current development, and applications.
Henan Province, now home to six sensor industrial parks, has formed a sensor industry worth 33 billion RMB. Since 2018, the Summit has been held in the province’s capital Zhengzhou three times and has contributed significantly to the innovations and the high-quality development of China’s sensor industry.
Chengdu is now well on its way to be the “best venue” for academic conferences, according to an article published on August 5, 2022, on CAST’s conference portal Guide to Important Academic Conferences. In 2022 alone, Chengdu hosted 25 academic conferences, becoming the fourth favorite conference venue in China, after Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing.
The status rise has at least in part been driven by the city’s strong policy support. The Chengdu Association for Science and Technology, in particular, has made critical efforts in recent years to connect 48 of the city’s industrial functional zones with 44 national societies and help 13 district/county industry sectors forge patronships with 20 national societies. Hosting academic conferences has also contributed to the development of Chengdu’s economy and innovation capabilities. Chengdu’s GDP ranked seventh in China in 2021 and first among China’s provincial capital cities, besides Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Three of the city’s five pillar industries -- electronic information, automobile manufacturing (smart manufacturing), and biomedicine—are driven by science and technology innovation, and the electronic information industry has become the first trillion-dollar industry cluster in Chengdu.
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