IUGG Centennial Celebration Activities in China

The Year 2019 is the 100th anniversary of IUGG. The Chinese National Committee for IUGG, collaborated with IUGG, CCEC/IUGG and other relative Associations organized successfully a series of activities through cooperation with China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Lanzhou University and so on.

A high-level International Earth Sciences Summit, entitled Earth Sciences and Sustainable Development was held on August 21, 2018 in Beijing. More than twenty international scientists and one hundred attendees from the world and China presented this summit, such as Prof. Alik Ismail-Zadeh, Secretary General of IUGG and Secretary General of International Science Council (ISC); Prof. Yuntai Chen, Academician of CAS, Fellow of IUGG and former Member for IUGG Bureau (2003-2007, 2007-2011); Prof. Guoxiong Wu, Academician of CAS and Fellow of IUGG; Prof. Keith Alverson, Secretary General, Commission on Climatic and Environmental Change (CCEC) for IUGG, and Director, International Environmental Technology Center, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Prof. Teruyuki Nakajima, Secretary General, IAMAS; Prof. Deliang Chen, August Röhss Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Prof. Yuanxi Yang, President of Chinese National Committee for IUGG and Academician of CAS; Prof. Jun Xia, Vice President of Chinese National Committee for IUGG and the member of CAS; Prof. Xiaofei Chen, Vice President of Chinese National Committee for IUGG and Academician of CAS, and Prof. Jianping Li, Secretary General of Chinese National Committee for IUGG, Fellow of IUGG and Vice chair of CCEC/IUGG; and so on. Also more than 20 distinguished guests who are Academicians of CAS, such as Prof. Honglie Sun, Geographer and former Vice President of CAS; Prof. Dahe Qing, Climate Change & Cryospheric Scientist and etc., attended this event.    

Representatives from CAST, CAS and NSFC presented Opening Ceremony, and delivered effusive speeches. Total summit is consisting of two parts: key note presentations and discussion, and Panel discussion. Content of presentations for the summit include the Developing of the Cryosphere Science under Climate Change, the Past achievements and Future Prospects of the Atmospheric Sciences, Sustainable Water Management in a Changing Climate: Challenges in the Application of Hydro-climatological Forecasting for Decision Making; Resilience: The science of adaptation to climate change; Proving Ground for Global Sustainability; Applications of Computational Seismology on Hazard Mitigation, and Centennial of the International Cooperation in Earth & Space Sciences. At the Panel, eight panelists addressed their own viewpoints on Earth Sciences and Sustainable Development, new challenges and opportunities in the future, particularly on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary through natural sciences & social sciences related to SDGs, and also particular for younger scientists and developing countries, such as African countries. All participants agree that this is a successful Earth Sciences Summit for IUGG Centennial Celebration Activities in China. This summit not only promotes high-level academic forums of Earth Sciences and presents new prospective of sustainable development strategy, but also provides a very good platform for advanced research strategic consultation, education and talent cultivation of Earth Sciences. Through this summit, scientists and managers for sustainable developments together reviewed IUGG contributions in global and regional such as China, a big developing country in the world, summarized advantages of Earth Sciences and its great role in serving society in sustainable way, and summed up major challenges for the future.

(Reported by Chinese National Committee for IUGG, August 25, 2018)