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Australian Chief Scientist Penny Sackett Visited IBP

Author: Update time: 2009-12-01

Accompanied by staff members from the Australian Embassy at Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Australian Chief Scientist, Professor Penny D Sackett visited the Institute of Biophysics in the afternoon of November 10, 2009. Professor Sackett was welcomed by Dr. Lei Zhang, Director of the International Liaison Office of IBP, at the institute’s Zou Chenglu conference room.

After a short welcome address, Dr. Zhang gave a brief introduction of the institute with emphasis on recent progress in scientific research, instrument innovation and technology transfer. Dr. Zhang also introduced the successful collaboration between IBP and Australian Phenomics Facility – China-Australia Joint Centre for Phenomic Research. Professor Sackett pointed out that Australia attaches great importance to cooperation with China. She mentioned that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. It is also one of the country’s major research funding agencies. CSIRO has initiatives in support of international exchanges and cooperations. She hoped that more fruitful collaborations to be developed between Chinese and Australian scientists in the future.

Professor Sackett later visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences Protein Science core facility center and impressed by IBP’s excellent research facilities and prominent achievements the institute has made during recent years.

Professor Penny Sackett began her appointment as Chief Scientist for Australia in November 2008.  She is an accomplished cross-disciplinary scientist with a record of academic excellence on three continents.  She is highly respected in Australian and international communities of science and technology, both for her research and her proven experience in research management.  Upon invitation by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Sackett’s trip to China will include several CAS institutes in Beijing and Shanghai.




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