The Sino-Dutch Advanced Materials Forum and the Workshop on Device Integrated Responsive Materials was held on line on March 28and 29. The event was attended by more than 200 government and university officials, scholars and experts from China and the Netherlands.

The event, co-organized by South China Normal University, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou, aims to deepen the exchange between China and the Netherlands in the field of advanced materials and seek further cooperation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Netherlands. It has also received funding support from the International Exchange Project of the Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Department.

Besides the president of SCNU, professors and faculty members participated in the subvenue event held at the South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics on the University Town campus of SCNU, while Academician of the Royal Dutch Academy Dirk Broer, and  Professor Albertus Schenning of Eindhoven University of Technology presided over the forum in the city of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.

8.png Professor Zhou Guofu, dean of the South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, chaired the Guangzhou session.

7.pngAcademician Dirk Jan Broer chaired the Eindhoven session.

Zhao Jing, deputy director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology, congratulated the opening of the forum. She fully affirmed that SCNU and Eindhoven University of Technology have carefully organized preparations to overcome the obstacles of the epidemic and built a good platform for the exchanges between Chinese and Dutch researchers in the field of advanced materials. She further hoped that the academic reports of top Chinese and Dutch scientists at this forum can inspire more thinking, explore the potential opportunities for future cooperation and provide valuable decision-making references for the science and technology management departments of both countries.

1.pngZhao Jing, deputy director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, addresses the opening ceremony.

Wim Geerts, Ambassador of the Netherlands to China, Su Guangming, Counselor of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, Prof. Frank Baaijens, President of Eindhoven University of Technology, Academician Bert Weckhuysen, head of CBBC in the Netherlands and Wang Enke, president of SCNU  also gave opening speeches. They shared the views that further investment and support for Sino-Dutch scientific and technological cooperation will be given to push the co-development of the world in the field of advanced materials.


 Wim Geerts, Ambassador of the Netherlands to China, delivered a speech.

3.png Su Guangming, Counselor of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, delivered a speech.

5.pngProf. Frank Baaijens, President of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, delivered a speech.


Wang Enke, President of SCNU, delivered a speech.

6.pngAcademician Bert Weckhuysen, head of CBBC in the Netherlands, delivered a speech.

During the keynote speech session, Academician Dirk Jan Broer, Academician Jiang Lei, Academician Bernard L. Feringa, and Academician Bert Meijer gave their speeches respectively on responsive smart liquid crystal materials, biomimetic super-wetting interface systems, responsive materials based on molecular machines, and functional materials based on supramolecular polymers. The participating experts, teachers and students conducted active discussions and exchanges on the above reports.

At the roundtable meeting, Zhuang Jia, deputy director of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center, made a systematic and comprehensive review of Sino-Dutch cooperation projects in the field of advanced materials and chemistry. She hoped that China and the Netherlands can promote the collaborative innovation of production, education and research together in the future, especially to satisfy the need of carbon peaking and carbon neutral development with new materials and new coatings as carriers.

Yang Zhongmin, vice president of SCNU, suggested that the two countries establish a scientific research alliance to carry out deeper cooperation under government funding. In response, participating experts expressed their support for the future cooperation model between China and the Netherlands to transform from projects to platforms and establishing a China-Dutch intelligent material innovation alliance.

On top of that, leaders and experts from China and the Netherlands also conducted active discussions on topics such as experiences, highlights and difficulties in both sides’ scientific and technological cooperation, the new model for sustainable cooperation, and further clarified the future research orientation and cooperation plan.

9.pngRoundtable online meeting 

Also at the forum, Professor Zhou Guofu, dean of South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, made a report entitled “Progress on MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China) -EZK (Ministerie van Economische Zaken, i.e. the Dutch Ministery of Economic Affairs) joint program on coatings & Sino-Dutch cooperation”. The special projects on coating have been jointly supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands. Other project leaders including Professor Zhou Shuxue of Fudan University, Professor Shen Liming of Nanjing University of Technology and Professor Chen Jiawen of South China Normal University also made detailed reports on their progress in this field.

Meanwhile, Academician of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Professor of Utrecht University Alfons van Blaaderen, Professor Ingrid Heyndrickx of Eindhoven University of Technology, Academician of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Professor of Eindhoven University of Technology Hans Kuipers, and Professor Paddy. J. French of Delft University in the Netherlands who have a good foundation for Sino-Dutch cooperation in the field of advanced materials made reports respectively on the progress of Sino-Dutch cooperation. 

10.png Experts report on the progress of Sino-Dutch cooperation projects.

11.pngParticipating Academician's reports.

12.png Participating experts' reports.

The Workshop on Device Integrated Responsive Materials was held on March 29. Scholars and experts from 10 universities in four countries including China, the Netherlands, the United States and Belgium reported their observations on responsive materials and device integration from their respective regions.

With the closing of the workshop, the two-day event has laid a solid foundation for the further construction and development of the "Green Optoelectronics International Joint Research Center", a national international scientific and technological cooperation base of SCNU. The current inter-school scientific and technological cooperation platform still needs further support from the government and enterprises in terms of policy support and resource guarantee, said SCNU president Wang Enke. SCNU will increase scientific research support and R&D investment, improve the transformation mechanism of innovation achievements, support the systematic cooperation of production, learning, scientific research and practical application, jointly promote fundamental research with alliance units, drive the transformation of scientific and technological achievements and achieve win-win cooperation through complementary advantages to achieve the effect of "1+1>2".

Source: SCNU News Center

Translated by Wang Hedi, Zou Shan

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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