The 17th Chinese Biophysics Congress took place in Tianjin on August 2-5, 2019.
Song Jun, executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST); Rao Zihe, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), president of the Tianjin Association for Science and Technology (TAST) and honorary president of the Biophysical Society of China (BSC); Lu Weimin,executive vice president of TAST; Xu Ruiming, vice president of BSC and director of the Institute of Biophysics, CAS (IBP-CAS); and Wang Lei, vice president of Nankai University, addressed the congress.
The 17th Chinese Biophysics Congress is held in Tianjin on August 2-5, 2019.
Xu Tao, chairman of the congress, president of BSC, vice president of the University of CAS and director of the Bureau of Frontier Sciences and Education, CAS, presided over the congress.
Song Jun extended warm congratulations on BSC's 40th founding anniversary and the hosting of the congress on behalf of CAST.
While recognizing BSC's work over the past 40 years in his speech, Song called on the society to maintain a strong sense of responsibility, work proactively and specify its responsibilities and missions in the new era.
Among the areas of work Song hoped the society will focus on are: serving and uniting members, promoting the spirit of Chinese scientists, organizing basic and breakthrough research, cultivating young talents, building itself into a world-class society, and improving its ability to provide academic guidance and carry out science communication.
The congress also announced that the sixth Shitsan Pai Award, the highest honor in biophysics in China, went to Rao Zihe, and the Shitsan Pai Award for Young Biophysicists went to Fan Kelong, research fellow of IBP-CAS, and Wang Changhe, professor of Xi'an Jiaotong University.
Song Jun (L), executive secretary of CAST, presents Rao Zihe (R) the sixth Shitsan Pai Award at the opening ceremony of the congress
Jin Li, CAS academician and vice president of Fudan University; Wang Hongyang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and chief physician of the Second Military Medical University; Ji Weizhi, CAS academician and professor of Kunming University of Science and Technology; Axel Brunger, professor of Stanford University; Cheng Yifan, academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and professor of University of California, San Francisco; Xu Wenqing, professor of the National Center for Protein Science Shanghai; Hu Hailan, professor of Zhejiang University; and Liu Zhenfeng, research fellow of IBP-CAS, delivered invited lectures at the congress. Anna Pyle, academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, gave a video lecture.
Participating experts and scholars held themed discussions on a wide range of topics including structural and computational biology, nanobiology, the molecular mechanisms of aging, clinical molecular diagnosis, sports medicine, and metabolic stress and adaptation.
In addition to the main venue, the congress also had sub-venues where participants shared the latest biophysical achievements both in China and in the US, Japan, Australia.
Besides, the congress included a women scientists forum. Yan Xiyun, CAS academician and research fellow of IBP-CAS, and Dong Shaojun, academician of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries and research fellow of the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS, were invited to join the forum.
Chen Runsheng, CAS academician and research fellow of IBP-CAS, was invited to give a lecture on youth science career planning during the congress.
Liu Pingsheng, director-general of BSC, together with Fan Kelong and Wang Changhe, joined a science talk live show during the congress, focusing on health issues such as cancer and aging.