On October 9, the 1st “Belt and Road” International Academic Conference and the 4th Sino-German Symposium on Aberration-Corrected and In Situ Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy in the Age of Big Data opened in Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). The event was organized by BJUT Innovation and Talent Introduction Base of Advanced Microscopy and Scale-Span Materials, BJUT Institute of Microstructure and Properties ofAdvanced Materials, and the Ernst Ruska-Centre Juelich (Germany) under the support of the "Belt and Road" Sino-Polish University Consortium (SPUC) and the Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance (BHUA). More than 200 well-known experts, scholars, and students from universities and research institutions in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Germany, and the United States attended the symposium which focused on issues and challenges in electron microscopy in the age of big data. The Chinese conference chair was Professor Han Xiaodong at BJUT. The international conference chair was Professor Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Director of the Ernst Ruska-Centre. Deputy CPC Committee Secretary and President Liu Gonghui and Vice President Wu Bin of BJUT attended the opening ceremony.
President Liu Gonghui gave a welcome speech. He first expressed his warm welcomes and sincere gratitude to all the experts and scholars in attendance, followed by a general introduction of BJUT and the "Innovation and Talent Introduction Base of Advanced Microscopy and Scale-Span Materials" (approved as a state-level base in 2018). President Liu Gonghui fully acknowledged the achievements made by the Institute of Microstructure and Properties of Advanced Materials since its establishment. He hoped that the symposium could be a great opportunity for the Institute to broaden its horizon, stimulate innovation, and enhance talent cultivation so as to build the best electron microscopy platform in the world, pool the best talents, and make greater contributions to BJUT's first-class discipline construction and internationalization.
The symposium featured high academic level and a strong line-up. Fifteen renowned electron microscopists were invited from Germany, including Professor Knut Urban, Professor Max Haider and Professor Harald Rose, inventors of spherical aberration-corrected electron microscope, and world-famous microscopist Professor Benjamin Butz, Professor Wolfgang Jäger, and Professor Robert Sinclair. Well-known Chinese electron microscopists including Academician Zhang Ze at Zhejiang University and Academician Zhu Jing at Tsinghua University were also invited to the symposium. During the three-day event, participants discussed the frontier and future development direction of electron microscopy technology and methods in the age of big data as well as how electron microscopy technology could promote the development and application of advanced structure materials, functional materials, magnetic materials, and semiconductor materials.
After the keynote session, attending microscopists visited the Ultramicroscopy Center of BJUT, a key laboratory of Beijing Municipality. They spoke highly of the scientific and technological achievements made by the Institute of Microstructure and Properties of Advanced Materials. The symposium will further improve BJUT's international influence in areas including electron microscopy, materials science, and physics, provide new ideas and new approaches for international academic cooperation, and thus bring BJUT's internationalization to an even higher level.
So far, four international conferences have been held by BJUT in the “Linking Belt and Road, Bonding Tech and Heart” series, involving areas such as economics and management, mathematics and physics, materials science, etc. Other sessions, i.e. the International Forum on Intelligent & Connected Roads and Sustainable Development and Forum on Low-carbon Urban Development, will be held in October and November, which will focus on urban construction and environment and energy.