The opening ceremony of the autumn semester of the ANSO-BIDI School, co-organized by the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Center for Environmental Economics under the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yuquan Think Tank, and Beijing Association for Science and Technology (BAST), was held on November 9. The online ceremony was presided over by Professor Wu Desheng, a member of the 10th Congress of BAST, Distinguished Professor of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, President of the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Academician of the European Academy of Sciences. The event attracted more than100 participants from a dozen countries, including the United States, Brazil, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kenya, Chile, Turkey, and Mongolia.
Dr. Guo Lugang, Vice President of BAST, expressed sincere thanks to the participating academicians, scholars and students from home and abroad. He pointed out that the world is facing a variety of challenges such as climate change and biodiversity conservation, and that only by uniting the global scientific communities can we overcome the difficulties and finally achieve the goal of sustainable development. He congratulated the ANSO-BIDI School and hoped that it would continue to promote exchanges and interactions among students, share advanced insights and leadership skills for achieving sustainable development, deepen the scientific and technological cooperation, and expand the influence of the BRI.
Prof. Dong Junshe, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Vice President of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences，also congratulated the event and welcomed the audience on behalf of the university. He mentioned that ANSO-BIDI School has served as a window of communication at the frontiers of science in many areas such as technological innovation, risk-based decision-making, and sustainable development, and has staged its influence globally.
Other addressing guests included Nie Xiaowei, Assistant Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), Xie Yong, Director of the International Cooperation Office of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Luiz Davidovich, President of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Regdel Duger, President of Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Phileppe De Maeyer, Senior Member and Permanent Secretary of Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, Atta Ullah Shah, Vice President of Karakoram International University, Luis Seco, Director of the Risk Control Lab, President and CEO of Sigma Analysis & Management Ltd., and professor of the University of Toronto, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, Executive Director and Ambassador of COMSATS, Hasan MANDAL, President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, etc.