A Welcoming Message from the President of WACSA
Western Australia Chinese Scientists Association (WACSA) was founded in Perth, Australia, in 2003. Its membership consists of professionals of Chinese ethnic background and with postgraduate qualifications. The inaugural Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation (ACCSTI) will be held from 2-6 February, 2017, at Perth, and organized by the Western Australia Chinese Scientists Association, in collaborations with The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Western Australia Chinese Engineers Association, and Western Australia Chinese Petroleum Association. The conference also receives supports and sponsorships from a number of government, business and educational sectors such as WA Office of Multicultural Interests, WA Office of Science, Handle Property Group, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Perth Convention Bureau, etc. The conference has invited prominent keynote speakers including Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall and WA Chief Scientist Dr. Peter Klinken.
Western Australia has established a strong partnership with China in the last two decades. China is now Western Australia’s largest export market, accounting for 56% of the Chinese direct investment in Australia. China is also the largest market for international students in Western Australia. The Aim of this conference is to further develop the bilateral understandings of important issues concerning both Australia and China; to facilitate interdisciplinary and strategic collaborations and communications among science, technology, innovation, humanity and social sciences, business and education between the two countries; to provide an effective platform for the exchanges of ideas and networking opportunities among representatives from governments, academia, industry and research organizations of the two nations; to disseminate knowledge of the latest developments and progresses in science, technology and innovation; and last but not least, to support the career developments of young Chinese professionals in Australia and China.
The Conference consists of six concurrent forums, including 1) Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure; 2) Medical Science and Public Health; 3) Clean Energy; 4) Agriculture and Food; 5) Policy, Business and Entrepreneurship; and 6) Special Forum for Young Professionals.
We welcome scholars and students, government officials and policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from both Australia and China to attend this Conference.
I look forward to meeting you in Perth,
President, Western Australia Chinese Scientists Association
Chair, Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, The University of Western Australia