To implement the relevant consensus on the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (http://www.beltandroadforum.org/), deeply carry out the "Belt and Road" scientific and cultural exchange action, enhance dialogue and communication, expand communication channels, and enrich mutual promotion platforms, the Symposium Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Talented Young Scientist Program (TYSP) was successfully held on October 31, 2023, in Beijing through a combination of online and offline methods, with a theme of "Fulfill a Decade of Youth Dreams, Innovate for a Shared Future".
The event was hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, jointly undertaken by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the China Science and Technology Exchange Center, and co-organized by the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture of CAAS. More than 300 representatives from government science and technology departments, embassies, universities, research institutions, and enterprises and young scientists from 28 countries attended the event.
Zhang Guangjun, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech. In his keynote speech, Zhang Guangjun stated that Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, announced at the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that promoting scientific and technological innovation is one of the eight actions to support the high-quality construction of the "Belt and Road" Initiative. The continuous implementation of the TYSP is an important measure to put in place the instructions of President Xi Jinping's speech and deepen scientific and cultural exchanges. Scientific and cultural exchanges serve as a bridge and link, as well as an "incubator" for nurturing practical cooperation outcomes, which play an important role in appreciating the values of diverse cultures, enhancing mutual understanding and trust in the scientific and technological community, and achieving the convergence of Chinese and foreign intellectual resources. Additionally, these exchanges have greatly consolidated practical cooperation in joint research, platform development, technology transfer, and other aspects, yielding a host of solid and tangible cooperative achievements.
In his welcome speech, Wu Kongming, President of CAAS, pointed out that the TYSP has achieved fruitful results in the past ten years, and supported CAAS to introduce nearly 80 international talented young scientists. Young scientists and technicians from all over the world have improved their ability, gained friendship and promoted development through exchanges and mutual learning. It is believed that in the future, the TYSP will surely achieve greater development in promoting international scientific and cultural exchanges, and make new contributions to jointly promote the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative and Community of Shared Future for Mankind.
Sun Jian, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Gao Xiang, Director of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center, elaborated on the collaborative concept of the TYSP and the progress of its implementation, and presented a collection of successful cases of cooperation over the past 10 years, with a title of Inspiring the Vitality of Young Talents and Promoting Common Development of Mankind - The 10th Anniversary of the Talented Young Scientist Program .
During the dialogue session on the next decade of the TYSP, participants from various countries, Gao Qingzhu, Deputy Director General of the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture of CAAS, and other participants from many countries shared their experiences and insights on participating in the TYSP from different perspectives. They actively provided suggestions for the future execution of the TYSP, showing their full appreciation for the TYSP and their anticipation of working alongside it to jointly shape a brighter future using the power of cooperation and youth energy.
The TYSP was initiated and implemented by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China in 2013. It aims to promote scientific and cultural exchanges related to the "Belt and Road" Initiative, collaborate on the training of young scientific talents, deepen and expand long-term cooperation relationships among Chinese and foreign research institutions, universities, and enterprises, and facilitate practical international scientific and technological cooperation. Over the past ten years, the TYSP has consistently served the goal of promoting mutual understanding between the people of China and other countries, facilitating cultural exchanges, and achieving mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. It has provided a platform for young global scientists to grow, develop, and pursue their dreams and offered participating countries valuable Chinese experience and reliable Chinese partners for solving economic and social development challenges and improving the well-being of the people through scientific and technological innovation cooperation. Furthermore, it has injected scientific and cultural strength into the promotion of an innovative community built on mutual trust and mutual assistance, cooperation and integration, as well as shared benefits and prosperity.