A Great Success of Federal Government Funded Group Mission
ACRCCI has successfully undertaken the DIISRTE- funded Group Mission project entitled âCollaboration to Strengthen the Research Capabilities of ACRCCIâ in early 2013. During the Group Mission, we held:
- The 1st Australia-China Symposium on Crop Science in Hangzhou, chaired by Yong-Ling Ruan, Director, ACRCCI; Xiaoya Chen, President, SIBS, CAS and Jianping Chen, President ZAAS. The meeting attracted ~150 delegates from major institutes from both nations with 20 invited speakers, covering topics from regulation of gene expression to stress tolerance and yield formation.
- A round table discussion in Shanghai at the Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology (SIPPE); Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences (SIBS) of CAS for collaboration in Plant Biology research.
- A mini-symposium with National Key Lab of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Improvement in Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) and discussed ways for fostering strategic collaboration between ACRCCI and the Key Lab.
The group mission has increased research profile of ACRCCI and attracted considerable interests from some top institutes for collaboration with MOU being prepared and signed between UoN and CAS and NAU. With a solid track record in winning competitive funding, publications in top journals and establishment of extensive network, ACRCCI is now well positioned to leap forward to achieve its inspirational goals in crop science research and application.
ACRCCI wins Group Mission funding from the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
ACRCCI has won Group Mission funding from the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) in June 2012.
Building on existing achievements of ACRCCI, the Group Mission award aims to enhance the research capability of the Centre by supporting the Director, Dr Ruan, to lead a group of Centre members of the Australian arm, Drs Grof, Higgins, Patrick, Tyerman and Wang to travel to China to develop new strategic collaborations.
The Group Mission will organize, in partnership with the Centre's Chinese institutes, the 1st Australia-China Symposium on Crop Science, focused on food security and stress tolerance in Hangzhou, 21-22 January 2013, chaired by Yong-Ling Ruan (University of Newcastle), and co-chaired by Xiao-Ya Chen (Chinese Academy of Science, CAS) and Jian-Ping Chen (Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Science).
The Mission will also undertake in-depth discussions with plant scientists in CAS (Shanghai) and Nanjing Agricultural University (Nanjing), thereby enhancing the potential for rich collaboration.