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Academies elect record number of foreigners
By:China Daily
update:December 27,2017

Dec. 27, 2017 -- Fraser Stoddart, who was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences this year, delivers a lecture at Tianjin University. TONG YU/CHINA NEWS SERVICE
 
Growing openness
 
Chen Deliang, a Chinese-born Swedish climatologist who was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences this year, has noticed a growing interest in overseas talent and a greater openness toward foreign experts.
 
"I worked in China as director of science at the National Climate Center between 2002 and 2008. Compared with then, China now offers more opportunities and competitive conditions, such as better salaries for foreign experts, than before," he said.
 
Among those opportunities, Chen is "extremely proud" of the "Third Pole Environment", a research program for global climate and environmental changes on the plateau of China's Tibet autonomous region and surrounding countries and regions.
 
International partnerships, including cooperation between China and Sweden, play an important role in the program, which was initiated by CAS in 2009.
 
"Because Sweden has a long tradition of leading international sustainability and Earth System research, such as hosting the first environmental conference in 1972 and pioneering research in Tibet by Swedish scientists, I believe my international network and experience can be useful," he said.
 
Yukio Tamura has seen "many research seeds" in the field of wind engineering in China, especially wind-resistant structures and programs designed to reduce the risk of wind-related disasters.
 
The Japanese national, a former president of the International Association for Wind Engineering who was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering this year, has been a professor at Bejing Jiaotong University since 2014, spending more than 180 days in China every year.
 
"China is the leading country in the construction of tall and super-tall buildings, long-span roof structures and long-span bridges. In addition, it suffers the world's second-highest economic losses as a result of natural disasters, so it has a strong need for education and research in wind engineering. We have many problems to solve before we can achieve a safer and sustainable society. I am so excited to be working in China," he said.
 
As the coordinator of the 21st Century Center of Excellence at Tokyo Polytechnic University in Japan, Tamura has arranged for more than 50 Chinese researchers to study at the school.
 
With the support of his host professor and students at Beijing Jiaotong University, Tamura has managed to continue his academic life in China and receives funding from several Chinese colleges and the government.
 
"I applied to the National Natural Science Foundation of China for funds to study the pedestrian-level wind environment around tall buildings, and received 900,000 yuan ($137,000) over four years-2015 to 2018. Chongqing University also provided an extra 2 million yuan," he said.
 
As a member of the One Thousand Talents Plan, a government-backed initiative to recruit foreign experts, he also received 3 million yuan between September 2014 and August.
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