Attendees included leaders of the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and the CPC Central Military Commission's (CMC) Science and Technology Commission, experts and scholars from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), members of the Standing Committee of CAST, scientific and technological workers, international guests and friends of the press from 26 countries.
CAST inaugurates the 20th Annual Meeting at Hangzhou International Expo Center in east China’s Zhejiang Province on May 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy of cast.org.cn)
With the theme of “Reform, opening up and innovation”, the meeting was one of the most important celebration activities for the 60th anniversary of the founding of CAST.
Secretary of the leading Party members’ group, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST Huai Jinpeng presided over the event.
President of CAST Wan Gang addressed the opening ceremony.
Prof. Wan systematically summarized China’s historic achievements in science and technology in the past 40 years of reform and opening up.
“Facing the new round of scientific revolution and industrial transformation, scientific and technological workers in China should have firm confidence in innovation, in our path, in our theories, in our system as well as our culture,” said Wan.
He appealed to scientific and technological workers to unswervingly take the road of independent innovation with Chinese characteristics, make even greater achievements at the new starting point and inject new kinetic energy into the economic and social sustainable development of the world.
Reviewing the past 20 sessions of the annual meeting and the 60 years development of CAST, Wan stressed that this year’s annual meeting would be upgraded in terms of ideas, thoughts and measures of scientific and technological innovation, and that it would reach a new peak.
“CAST will consciously integrate into the overall work of the Party and the country, cultivate scientific culture with Chinese characteristics and make more contributions to our country,” he noted.
Che Jun, secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), delivered a welcome speech. And Stephen Welby, executive director and COO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), also made a speech.
Scientific and technological elites were invited to make keynote lectures atthe opening ceremony, which was presided over by vice president of CAST Li Jinghai.
Wang Zhigang, Minister and Secretary of CPC Leading Group of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the P.R.C., gave a keynote speech entitled Science, technology and innovation & national core competitiveness at the event.
And president of the CAE Zhou Ji was invited to deliver his speech entitled Toward New-Generation Intelligent Manufacturing.
Those who made speeches at the opening ceremony also included vice president of CAST Shi Yigong and chairperson of the Alibaba Group Jack Ma.
In accordance to the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, the Annual Meeting focused on the orientation responsibility of CAST and undertook the mission of uniting scientific and technological workers.
It inaugurated the China Science and Technology Summit, as well as the Forum for World STM Journals.
135 academicians, 113 foreign guests and 49 guests from Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan Province were invited to participate in more than 20 activities respectively in the four major sectors of the Annual Meeting.
Hence, the 20th Annual Meeting of CAST has become a platform, gathering the intelligence of worldwide S&T professionals to serve the national development strategy, construct national high-end think tanks, lead academic innovation and carry out science popularization service.
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