To effectively fulfill the missions of the construction and research set for East Agricultural Research Center of China, i.e. the Engineering Research Center for Utilization of Agricultural Wastes, the 4th Academic Committee Meeting and the 4th Council Meeting sponsored by the Center was held on January 14. Prof. Cai Daoji from Nanjing Institute of Environment Sciences under the Ministry of Environment Protection, an academician in Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), presided over the meeting. Present at the meeting were JAAS President Yan Shaohua and vice president Chang Youhong, Prof. Yang Linzhang from the Institute of Soil Sciences of CAS, Prof. Feng Ke from Yangzhou University, and Prof. Xu Hong from Nanjing University of Technology. In addition, directors of relevant departments, offices and institutes, experts, senior scientists in the Center and program leaders of open research programs also attended the meeting.
Prof. Chang Zhizhou first reviewed at the meeting the work completed in the Center in the past year from the angle of achieving the goals set in the contract, construction of the Center, research progress and the use of budget. He also analyzed major problems confronting the Center and proposed tentative plans for the Center's future development. And then the experts and scientists had in-depth discussions on key issues concerning the holistic research approaches to use crop residues and the reuse of liquid biogas in the fields.
Program leaders of the open research programs later reported the research progress, and six out of the first group of open research programs passed the examination and a proposal of the open research program from the third group was reviewed and approved at the meeting.
Vice president Chang Youhong gave a speech at the end of the meeting. Speaking highly of the research achievements of the Center in the past year, Mr. Chang said that the Center had made remarkable progress in its operation, management, research and academic exchanges, and shown great development momentum. He also put forward constructive advice and suggestions for the Center's future development.