A delegation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), led by Ms. Sun Xiaoming, the Director-General of Personnel Bureau visited the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, on 30 May 2019. The visit was part of an ongoing collaborative programme the RSE has had with CAS since signing an agreement in March 2002.
The delegation comprised 25 representatives from various CAS institutes, covering a range of cities across China, such as Dalian, Shenyang, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Kunming. The RSE and various Connected Scotland partners (Scottish Funding Council, British Council and Universities Scotland) including colleagues from Scottish Government met with the representatives and provided an overview of each organisation, highlighting the importance of connected working in Scotland such as the research pools, Connected Scotland and the systems in place across Scotland to help manage Science and Technology development.
CAS is the world’s largest research organisation and one of China’s academies functioning as the national scientific think tank. It comprises 104 research institutes, 12 branch academies, three universities and 11 supporting organisations in 23 provincial-level areas throughout the country. Since its founding, CAS has fulfilled multiple roles — as a national team and a locomotive driving national technological innovation, a pioneer in supporting nationwide Science and Technology development, a think tank delivering Science and Technology advice and a community for training young Science and Tech talent.