On October 18, young science professionals from 10 Chinese research and policy institutions met with 10 American young scientists at the Department of State in Washington for the Third U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum (YSF). The first two YSF’s were held in Beijing in 2011 and 2012.
The YSF is an outcome of the science and technology working group of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The CPE, launched by Secretary of State Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong in Beijing in 2010, aims to enhance people-to-people exchanges between the citizens of the United States and China in education, culture, sports, women’s issues, and science and technology.
The third YSF was co-led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of Science, Space and Health Jonathan Margolis and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology’s International Cooperation Division Director of American & Oceanic Affairs Wang Qiang. Twenty U.S. and Chinese young science professionals exchanged views on challenges and opportunities for young scientists such as how to build international networks and research collaborations, manage work/life balance issues, and the importance of scientific mentoring.
Following this event, the ten Chinese science professionals will meet with additional counterparts at Arizona State University and in California’s Silicon Valley through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, administered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Collaboration in science and technology is an important and dynamic area of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, dating back to the 1979 U.S.-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, which was one of the first bilateral agreement between the United States and China. As the landscape of science continues to become more global, the CPE science and technology working group helps young scientists in both countries to develop skills for successful international collaboration in order to productively engage with colleagues around the world for solving the world’s most pressing problems.
For more information on science and technology cooperation at the U.S. Department of State please see: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/stc/index.htm