Chinese Chemist Elected To Science Council

Representatives from more than 140 countries have elected Chinese chemist Li Jinghai as vice-president of the International Council for Science.

AsianScientist (Sep. 9, 2014) – Chinese chemical engineer Li Jinghai has been elected vice-president of the International Council for Science (ICSU), following the organization’s 31st general assembly in Auckland, New Zealand.

The ICSU is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of scientific bodies and international scientific unions that represent over 140 countries. It aims to unify the international scientific community, and to leverage upon its combined knowledge and resources for the betterment of humanity.

The elections for ICSU’s executive board were attended by representatives from ICSU’s 120 national members and 31 scientific unions.

Professor Li Jinghai, who is also vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, will oversee science planning and evaluation during his term as vice-president of the ICSU. His term will run from 2014 to 2017.

Prof. Li is dedicated to the simulation and optimization of chemical processes. His work pioneered the formation of a new sub-field of condensed matter physics known as mesoscience, which deals with materials between the nano-scale and and the micro-scale. Prof. Li also serves on the advisory board of the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth, which studies the consequences of global development on China.

South African mathematician, Professor Daya Reddy, was also elected as the next president of the organization during the ICSU General Assembly proceedings.

“ICSU is in a special position to promote the values of science and to provide leadership in seeking scientific approaches to the world’s problems,” said Reddy. “I am particularly keen to ensure that ICSU becomes as inclusive as possible, so that as the voice of science we are in fact able to involve the entire community worldwide.”


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