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First China-US Environment Cooperation Workshop

Under the joint initiative of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and US Environmental Protection Agency, a China-US environment cooperation workshop was held from April 1 to 3, 2008 in Beijing. In addition to lectures on environment related S&T policies and research activities in both China and the US, participants discussed issues in three major areas, including safe drinking water, novel technologies and environment technologies, and green communities. LIU Yanhua, Chinese Vice-Minister of Science and Technology, and George M. Gray, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, delivered their respective speech at the opening ceremony.

The workshop was scheduled with a range of activities, including lectures, group discussions, and visits to key labs. Scientists from some 10 Chinese universities and research institutes, including Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Harbin Engineering University, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and from the research institutes affiliated to the US Environmental Protection Agency and a number of renowned US universities attended the workshop. They discussed fields for collaborations, possible cooperation projects, and detailed mode of cooperation. Participants visited on April 3, 2008 an ecological environment research center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and key labs at Tsinghua University.

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