20th National Forum of Deans of Schools of Life Sciences Successfully Concluded at Fudan


Organized by Fudan School of Life Sciences, the 20th National Forum of Deans of Schools of Life Sciences was held on the Jiangwan Campus on October 15th an 16th. Vice Fudan President Jin Li and over 100 deans and secretaries from 65 universities attended the conference. The theme of this forum this year is “blowing the horn of life sciences in the 21st century”.

In his keynote address, Jin Li maintained that life sciences was to study health of humans and the earth and that its future development should focus on "precision measurement", "analysis and calculation" and "regulation and intervention".

On the morning of October 15th, the deans from each university delivered speeches. Jay Siegel, Dean of School of Life Sciences, Tianjin University, shared his approach to building an international health science research platform in Tianjin. Hua Zichun, Dean of School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University, introduced how to improve the assessment result of state key laboratory of medical biotechnology. Wang Hongwei, Dean of School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, presented the implementation of the six-year tenure-track reform. Xu Tao, Executive Vice President of College of Life Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, expounded on the role of integrating science and education in the cultivation of life sciences. Peng Jinrong, Dean of College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, believed that College of Life Sciences should interact with agricultural science, food science and horticulture science to achieve innovation. Cang Huaixing, Dean of College of Life Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, gave a lecture entitled "understanding the society before serving: learning from the society." Wang Xuelu, Dean of Huazhong Agricultural University College of Life Sciences, made a suggestion to undergraduate education focusing on knowledge enhancement, interdisciplinary study and critical thinking.

On the afternoon of October 15th, the deans were divided into 3 groups to discuss the issues of “discipline construction”, “talent training” and “social services”. Discussions were chaired by Wu Jiarui, Dean of College of Life Sciences, Jiang Zhengfan, Assistant Dean of School of Life Sciences, Peking University, and Zheng Limin, Dean of School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University.

On October 16th, the deans went to Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park to visit the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the National Facility for Protein Science.