The 2023 Maritime Silk Road International Conference on the Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research, and Application - Advanced Interdisciplinary Forum on the Frontiers of Physics and Lectures Series on Physics of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao (MSRIC 2023 - Physics) was held at SCNU from November 13 to 15.

Themed "Promote interdisciplinary integration of Maritime Silk Road countries, study the nature of things to acquire knowledge and cultivate talents", the conference aimed at exploration of ways to promote interdisciplinary research between physics and various disciplines including materials, information and chemistry, and facilitate the cooperation of industry, education and research. It aimed to help transform scientific achievements into industrial technology, as well as enhance the development and innovative ability of the international forefront physical technologies.

Wang Enke, president of SCNU, gave a welcome speech at the opening ceremony. He indicated that SCNU has committed to serving the country's opening up and answer to the need for regional development. Utilizing the advantages of its first-class discipline of Physics and national key discipline of Optics, SCNU has made great achievements in exchange and cooperation in scientific research with countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road.

He hoped that SCNU would continue to implement the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Cooperation Action Plan together with other universities at home and abroad. SCNU would also stand ready to further international scientific and technology innovative exchange and cooperation to support the development of the "Belt and Road" Initiative.


Wang Enke extends his hope of further cooperation with other universities.

Dirk J. Broer, academician of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), emphasized the significance of a platform for exchange and collaboration. He added that the conference enabled experts and scholars from countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road to explore science and search for cooperation opportunities, laying the foundation for interdisciplinary cooperation.

He anticipated that experts and scholars would carry out interdisciplinary exchange, collaborate on research projects, and bring about more scientific achievements in the forefront and interdisciplinary field of physics, thereby contributing to scientific research and industrial upgrading.


Dirk J. Broer emphasizes the significance of cooperative platforms and proposes more exchange and cooperation.

Zhu Chaohua, chief inspector of the Department of Education of Guangdong province, suggested that the conference has implemented the "Belt and Road" initiative, and acted as an important platform to promote the exchange and cooperation among universities and scientific research institutes in countries and regions along the "Belt and Road".

In addition, he hoped that China would adhere to "the Spirit of the Silk Road", deepen international cooperation under the "Belt and Road" initiative, and enhance high-standing opening-up and high-quality educational development.


Zhu Chaohua extends his congratulations.

The conference included a plenary speech and a sub-forum. Nine experts from countries and regions including Sweden, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Hong Kong, gave plenary speeches. Dr. Sune Svanberg, Dr. Alfons van Blaaderen, Professor Wang Zidan and Professor Worawat Meevasana gave speeches respectively on the topic of "Multi-Disciplinary Laser Spectroscopy", "Towards Smart Colloids through Dispersion Supraparticles", "Non-Hermitian Topological Phase" and "Quantum Technology for Energy Storage and Electricity Grid Optimization".

A sub-forum was also held at the conference and focused on two areas: Optical Information Physics and Technology; Atomic and Subatomic Physics. Distinguished scientists and engineers of the physics, materials, and chemistry disciplines, and entrepreneurs at home and abroad shared experience and delivered keynote speeches in the sub-forum.

At the closing ceremony, Professor Bernard L. Feringa, academician of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), concluded the conference. He praised that this high-level international cooperative conference has provided a platform for domestic and foreign scholars and industry colleagues to exchange ideas and created more opportunities for international cooperation.

"Science knows no boundaries," said Professor Feringa. He proposed that every attendee uphold the Maritime Silk Road Spirit of "openness, inclusiveness, exchange, and cooperation", and inherit the conference's achievements. He also called for endeavors to pursue and achieve the shared vision of leading the innovation and development of related disciplines and industries.


 Bernard L. Feringa thinks highly of and concludes the conference.

A three-day academic poster exhibition was held at the conference as well, presenting a total of 34 research projects from the School of Physics, the Institute of Quantum Matter, and the South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics of SCNU. The session was of great significance to further stimulate the enthusiasm of SCNU's graduate students for scientific research and practical innovation.


The presenter (right) introduces his academic poster.

The conference was attended by academic and industrial heavyweights from various countries including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. About 300 experts, scholars, faculty members and students participated in a hybrid online and offline format.


 Group photo of all the participants.

Organized by the National Centre for Schooling Development Program, the series of the Maritime Silk Road International Conference on the Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research, and Application has been hosted for three years consecutively since its inception in 2021. It aims to provide an international platform for the exchange of interdisciplinary information on research and development and promote the integrated development of industry, education, research, and application among countries along the Maritime Silk Road.

In the same series of this international conference, the 2022 Maritime Silk Road International Conference on the Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research, and Application - Optoelectronics was held at SCNU last year.

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by Chen Bao, Li Jun, Zeng Wenting

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Wang Yingmin

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