Zhangjiang Lab to contribute to Shanghai's scientific innovation

Updated:2017-09-30 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Han Zheng (right), Party secretary of Shanghai, and Bai Chunli, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, announce the inauguration of Zhangjiang Lab in Zhangjiang Science City, Shanghai on Sept 26. [Photo/news.163.com]

Zhangjiang Lab, a new comprehensive research base that is expected to become a driving force in Shanghai's campaign to become a global scientific innovation center, was inaugurated in Zhangjiang Science City in Shanghai on Sept 26.

The lab is a joint project by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shanghai government, and is designed to be an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and multinational research base, tackling key scientific research projects.

The lab will initially focus on the construction of a large-scale research facility complex for photon science, as well as research projects in life science, information technology and neuroscience.

Wang Xi, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, was appointed as director of Zhangjiang Lab.

Bai Chunli, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said at the inauguration ceremony that the launch of the lab echoed the country's overall policy to boost scientific innovation. A series of innovative policies and measures have been introduced to ensure the successful launch of the lab.

Bai also called for the lab to focus on defining a clear direction for its development, exploring innovative management strategies to maximize its efficiency, and making efforts to bring in and nurture a large number of top-rated scientific talents.

Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, emphasized the significant role Zhangjiang Lab could play in improving Shanghai's, and even the country's, scientific innovation capacity, and said that Zhangjiang Lab was designed to become a world-class research base.

Ying vowed that the city would enhance its cooperation with top research institutes to help the lab reach its goal.

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