ABCP 2022 Annual Conference was held on Friday 1 July and Saturday 2 July
The ABCP 2022 Annual Conference was held successfully on 1 and 2 July, 2022 (Friday and Saturday), as a hybrid event, in the Teaching and Learning Building at the University of Birmingham, in Birmingham, UK, and online. The theme for the ABCP 2022 Annual Meeting is “International/UK-China University Collaboration in the Era of Post Covid-19”. The Conference attracted over 400 registered participants from the UK and China, and also other countries and regions. The plenary sessions in the morning include the Opening Ceremony on 1 July, and the ABCP Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 2 July. The Opening Ceremony saw a number of talks by a number of senior leaders of the higher education sectors in the UK and China and a panel discussion with the senior leaders (see here for more details of the senior leaders who attended and some selected photos). The seven parallel thematic tracks in the afternoon respectively focused on Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cyber Security, Energy, Medicine & Health, Social Science & Humanities, and Sustainability & Ageing Society. Some selected photos from the Conference can be found here. Multiple tracks had one or more prizes and some researchers who attended the Conference were selected as prize winners, which include both members of ABCP and also early career researchers such as PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. A full list of the prize winners can be found here.
Professor Kai Hong Luo Awarded the 2022 ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal
Professor Kai Luo FREng, Chair of the Energy and the Environment research group at UCL Mechanical Engineering is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) prestigious 2022 ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal. Professor Luo received the award in recognition of his achievements in advancing the science of nonequilibrium thermodynamics across nanoscales, mesoscales and macroscales and his work developing cutting-edge physical and numerical models embodying transformational thermodynamic principles. The James Harry Potter Gold Medal recognises eminent achievement or distinguished service in the science of thermodynamics and its application in mechanical engineering. The award was established by the ASME in 1980 and is only awarded to one recipient per year. Professor Luo is the 37th winner of the award. (Adapted from UCL News)
Professor Daqing Ma won 2022 Andreas Hoeft Award
In the announcement of 2022 prize winners of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), Professor Daqing Ma FRSC MAE, Professor of Anaesthesia at Imperial College London, and Executive Vice-President of ABCP, won 2022 Andreas Hoeft Award, for “discovering the role of danger associated molecular patterns, regulated necrosis and necroinflammation in kidney injury after major surgery”. Professor Ma’s research focuses on anaesthetics, neuroprotection, kidney protection, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and cancer cell biology. ESAIC is the leading European Organisation for Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Pain and Perioperative Medicine.
International Forum on “COVID-19 and Beyond”
ABCP and CLSSUK (Chinese Life Scientists Society in UK, 全英华人生命科学学会) jointly organised an online international forum on “COVID-19 and beyond”. Four senior researchers from the UK, US and Hong Kong gave keynote talks, and a panel discussion was held with 8 experts from different disciplines. The event was co-chaired by Professors Yi-Ke Guo and Daqing Ma, and attracted over 100 participants. A more detailed summary of the event can be found here (PDF, 7.1MB).
Two members elected foreign members of Chinese Academy of Engineering
On Thursday 18th November, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), China’s national academy for engineering, announced 84 new members and 20 new foreign members. The newly elected foreign members include the following two members of ABCP:
Professor Zhanfeng Cui FREng FAIMBE FIChemE, Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Oxford; Chair of ABCP Council
Professor Hua Zhao FREng FIMechE FSAE, Vice Provost & Dean of College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London; President of ABCP
Professor Jian Dai was elected to fellowship in Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering has elected new leading figures in the field of engineering and technology to its Fellowship, under Fit for the Future diversity initiative. ABCP member, Professor Jian Dai of King’s College London, is on the list of new fellows, as he “has made a pioneering contribution to mechanical engineering, most notably by his contributions to the fundamental theory, design and applications of mechanisms and robotic systems. He is particularly noted for having introduced the concept of metamorphic and reconfigurable mechanisms that can be folded and re-erected in an origami-style approach to form mobile or multi-functional devices. Many of these mechanisms have been taken forward to commercialisation by university spin-outs and major industries. He received the DED Mechanisms and Robotics Award established in 1974 and was the 58th recipient of the most prestigious ASME Machine Design Award established in 1958”.
Professor Yaochu Jin was awarded Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence for Bielefeld University
It was announced on 1st July 2021 that six new Humboldt Professorships had been selected. Three of the six new Humboldt Professors are awarded for their excellent research in AI, and Professor Yaochu Jin, a Full Member of the Association, is one of them. He is a Distinguished Chair, Head of the NICE (Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering) Research Group and Director of Research of the Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey. He will move to the Bielefeld University in Germany in October 2021 to take his new Humboldt Professorship. Yaochu is one of the leading pioneers of swarm robotics and the larger field of computational intelligence. At Bielefeld, his expertise will be utilised to span the interdisciplinary bridge between AI research in the Technical Faculty and applications in bioinformatics/biotechnology in the newly established Medical Faculty.
Six members were elected to membership in Academia Europaea
Six members of ABCP were elected to new members of Academia Europaea (MAEs) in 2021. They have all played a key role and achieved great academic excellence in their research fields. The new MAEs are:
Professor Daqing Ma FRCA, Professor of Anaesthesia, Imperial College London
Professor Junwang Tang FRSC, Professor of Materials Chemistry and Engineering, University College London
Professor Yaochu Jin FIEEE, Distinguished Chair, Head of the NICE Group, Director of Research, University of Surrey
Professor Jian Kang FREng, Professor of Acoustics, University College London
Professor Wei Li, Professor in Applied Linguistics, University College London
Professor Kun Yang, Professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE), Head of the Network Convergence Laboratory (NCL), University of Essex.
ABCP 2021 Annual Conference was held on Friday 2 July and Saturday 3 July
The ABCP 2021 Annual Conference, which was themed “challenges and opportunities in UK-China research collaborations”, was held as an online event on Friday 2 July and Saturday 3 July. Over 400 registered participants attended the plenary sessions in the morning including the Opening Ceremony, UK-China HEI Forum, and ABCP Annual General Meeting, and six parallel thematic sessions in the afternoon on UK-China collaboration, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Medicine and Health, Ageing Society and Sustainability.
Professor Junwang Tang won 2021 Corday-Morgan Prize
In the announcement of 2021 Prize winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Professor Junwang Tang FRSC of University College London and a member of ABCP, won 2021 Corday-Morgan Prize, for “the discovery of efficient photocatalysts for clean and renewable fuel synthesis”. Professor Tang’s research focuses on the discovery of efficient photocatalysts for renewable fuel synthesis and chemical recycling and chemical systems to address the supply of renewable energy and environmental purification.
Professor Kai Hong Luo received the 2021 AIAA Energy Systems Award
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the awards recipients of the 2021, Professor Kai Hong Luo FREng of University of College London and a member of ABCP has received the 2021 AIAA Energy Systems Award. AIAA Citation described his achievement as “groundbreaking contributions to multiscale multiphysics modeling and simulation that have transformed energy system analysis, prediction, design and optimization through research, innovation, education and leadership”.