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More Than 100 Top Scientists Attended the Forum Designed to Brought Together Global Innovation
Date: 2020-10-30
Source: Shanghai Release
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The 3rd World Laureates Association Forum (WLA Forum) was opened in Shanghai in the morning of October 30. President Xi Jinping sent a video message to the forum.

Photo by Ju Peng, Reporter of Xinhua News Agency

Li Qiang, Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, Huai Jinpeng, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the China Association for Science and Technology, and Roger Kornberg, Chairman of the World Laureates Association (WLA) and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, delivered speeches. Gong Zheng, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Mayor of Shanghai, presided over the opening ceremony, which was attended by Jiang Zhuoqing, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, Dong Yunhu, Chairman of the CPPCC Shanghai Municipal Committee, Yu Shaoliang, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, and Michael Levitt, Vice Chairman of the World Laureates Association and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.

Shanghai will integrate itself into the global science and technology innovation network with a more open attitude, promote the construction of a science and technology innovation center with global influence with stronger determination, and make due contributions to deepening international scientific and technological cooperation

Li Qiang pointed out that President Xi Jinping’s video message fully reflects that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of scientific undertakings and  cooperation in technology innovation, and points out the direction for deepening international scientific and technological cooperation and building a community with a shared future for mankind. Shanghai will thoroughly study and implement the spirit of President Xi Jinping’s important speeches, integrate itself into the global science and technology innovation network with a more open attitude, promote the construction of a science and technology innovation center with global influence with stronger determination, and make due contributions to deepening international scientific and technological cooperation.

Take innovation as the first driving force for development, implement an international science and technology cooperation strategy that is more open, inclusive, mutually beneficial,  and make more efforts to strengthen the source function of science and technology innovation strategies

Li Qiang pointed out that the just-concluded 5th plenary session of 19th CPC Central Committee described China’s “14th Five-Year Plan” and a grand blueprint for a longer period of time in the future, which puts technology innovation in position with higher priority and more strategy importance. In response to the requirements of the CPC Central Committee, we will thoroughly implement Chairman Jinping’s important instructions for the development of Shanghai, continue to take innovation as the first driving force for development, implement an international scientific and technological cooperation strategy that is more open, inclusive, mutually beneficial, and make more efforts to strengthen the source function of science and technology innovation strategies. 

Pool innovation wisdom across the world from a global perspective, we need to promote international scientific and technological cooperation with an open mind and attract global scientific and technological talents with a first-class environment

 

Li Qiang emphasized the necessity to pool innovation wisdom across the world from a global perspective. Shanghai should focus on the goal of building a technology innovation center with global influence, and continue to play its role as a pioneer in technological and industrial innovation. I hope that world’s top scientists will help us streamline general research directions, select breakthrough points of innovation, and help Shanghai pool global wisdom and become an important source of new scientific discoveries, new technological inventions, new industrial directions, and new development concepts. We need to promote international scientific and technological cooperation with an open mind, integrate into the global innovation chain more proactively, welcome more international science and technology organizations to settle in Shanghai and foreign institutions to set up R&D centers in Shanghai, strive to contribute Shanghai’s strength to international scientific research, and make more research results directly improve of human welfare. It’s necessary to attract global scientific and technological talents with a first-class environment, adopt a more open and flexible policy to build a platform and create conditions for high-end talents at home and abroad to pursue development Shanghai. It’s hoped that under the leadership of world’s top scientists, more rising stars and stars of tomorrow will grow rapidly and write legendary stories and innovative chapters in the history of science.

Make concerted efforts to promote open science, cultivate talents with an open mind, facilitate open governance, and build a community with shared scientific and technological progress for mankind

Huai Jinpeng said that the WLA Forum has been held in Shanghai three times, which represents thorough implementation of President Xi Jinping’s expectations and requirements of taking the forum as an opportunity to strengthen overall high-level international scientific and technological cooperation. In the face of global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the global scientific community needs to work together to promote open science, cultivate talents with an open mind, facilitate open governance, and build a community with shared scientific and technological progress for mankind. The China Association for Science and Technology will work with Shanghai and World Laureate Association to leverage the platform of the forum, and promote trust and cooperation with scientists from all over the world, so as to make unique contributions to the sustainable development of the world and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Rely on platforms and carriers such as the WLA Scientific Community and WLA International Joint Laboratory, and invite scientists from various countries to come to Shanghai to participate in cutting-edge scientific research and contribute their wisdom

Roger Kornberg said that Chairman Xi Jinping’s video message will further encourage the World Laureates Association to play a bigger role in deepening international scientific and technological cooperation and making science and technology better serve mankind. Science knows no borders. Efforts made by scientists and research institutions worldwide to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will surely become a model for international scientific and technological cooperation. The WLA will deepen its cooperation with Shanghai in all aspects, rely on platforms and carriers such as the WLA Scientific Community and WLA International Joint Laboratory, and invite scientists from various countries to come to Shanghai to participate in cutting-edge scientific research and contribute their wisdom.

It’s hoped that all scientists will actively share their insights and provide enlightening innovative strategies and solutions for building a better world

Before the opening ceremony, Li Qiang, Huai Jinpeng and Gong Zheng met with representatives of participating scientists such as Roger Kornberg and Michael Levitt. On behalf of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, Li Qiang extended welcome to the world laureates present at the forum, and expressed his gratitude to them for their support for epidemic prevention and control in China and Shanghai. He said that in face of the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, international science and technology organizations, scientists and science and technology workers from various countries have jointly contributed their wisdom and fulfilled their responsibility in the fight against the pandemic. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, all citizens in Shanghai has promoted epidemic prevention and control, and economic and social development in a coordinated way with firm confidence, a spirit of solidarity, and concerted efforts. We deeply feel that it particularly necessary to respect and rely on science and technology, and conduct international scientific and technological cooperation for humans to finally win the battle against the pandemic. Committed to three missions, namely promoting basic research, advocating international cooperation, and supporting the growth of young people, WLA Forum has become an important bond connecting the world’s top scientists and an important platform for high-end dialogues in international science communities. It’s hoped that all scientists will actively share their insights and provide enlightening innovative strategies and solutions for building a better world.

The World Laureates Development Foundation unveiled, the cloud opening ceremony of the WLA Scientific Community and cloud settlement ceremony of WLA International Joint Laboratory held

At the opening ceremony, Roger Kornberg and Wu Qing, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Shanghai, jointly unveiled the World Laureates Development Foundation that focuses on important directions such as scientific exchanges, youth development, commercialization of scientific research results and science education.

The cloud opening ceremony of the WLA Scientific Community and cloud settlement ceremony of WLA International Joint Laboratory were also held at the scene. The Community located in the Lingang New Area of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone will create a source for international leading science and technologies, the scientific innovation harbor connecting the world, the headquarters bases of science organization gathering the great minds worldwide, and the offshore innovation zone with flexible mechanisms

Roger Kornberg, Michael Levitt, Zhu Diwen, Randy Schekman, Ryoji Noyori, and Venki Ramakrishnan delivered speeches about science attitudes on behalf of WLA

Shanghai leaders Chen Yin, Weng Zuliang, Zhuge Yujie, and the secretary of the Secretariat of the China Association for Science and Technology Song Jun, attended related activities.

More than 130 personal speeches by top scientists and 70+ thematic summits on basic science and applied technology

The 3rd World Laureates Forum themed “science and technology for the common destiny of mankind” was held in Shanghai from October 30 to November 1, and attended by 61 Nobel Prize winners, 76 Turing Prize, Fields Medal, Wolf Prize, Lasker Awards winners, 30+ academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 100+ outstanding young scientists across the world through a combination of online and offline methods. It covered 25 countries and regions, and spanned 11 time zones. Besides, representatives from universities, research institutes, innovation enterprises, science and technology capital, etc. participated in the forum.

During the forum, World Laureates Mobius Forum, Common Homeland Summit, Scientific WLF Master Class in the Scientific Mindset, WLF Young Scientists Forum, WLF Frontiers of Science and Disruptive Technologies Forum, WLF Laboratory Forum, WLF University Presidents Forum, WLF Economic Summit and other themed activities will be held. More than 130 personal speech videos by top scientists will be played, 70+ thematic summits on basic science and applied technology will be organized. Most of the events will be broadcast live to the public via the internet, creating a never-ending event for scientific feast on the cloud.