JAAS held special conference in Yangzhou for the construction and development of regional institutes from November 2 to 3, 2010.
The conference focused on the strategies, orientations, goals and measures for construction and development of regional institutes. Huang Lixin, standing member of Jiangsu Committee of CPC and vice governor of Jiangsu province, gave direct and special instructions. JAAS President Yan Shaohua made important speeches. Zhao Xihua, Secretary of JAAS Party Committee, delivered work report on behalf of JAAS administration.
All the regional institutes have made remarkable progress in the promotion of the scientific breakthroughs and technology transfer and service in recent years, Vice Governor Huang pointed out. Centering around regional agriculture specialties and consumers interests and needs, regional institutes earnestly implemented the policies of the provincial government and the committee of CPC. A group of innovative talents emerged, such as Academician Cheng Shunhe (expert for wheat breeding), Prof. Zhao Yafu (model worker for technology extension in the countryside), Prof. Ma Daifu (national program leader for sweetpotato cultivation), etc. All these scientists and researchers have made substantial contributions to the sustainable yield increase, consistent efficiency improvement as well as lasting income growth.
Every institute should take advantage of local specialties and center round high efficiency agriculture and agriculture modernization, stressed Vice Governor Huang. Every institute should establish its own outstanding discipline and scientific enterprises. Scientific reform and innovation as well as technology transfer and extension should all be accelerated. The regional institutes are to be developed into regional agriculture scientific and technological institutions with local characteristics and service support. In accordance with the demands of Vice Governor Huang, JAAS should strengthen service administration and technology cooperation, promote science innovation throughout Jiangsu province, optimize science and technology innovation system with the regional institutes as important links. In this way, JAAS can make more contributions to agriculture innovation and modernization.
Regional institutes play a decisive role in the promotion of regional scientific and technological development, President Yan Shaohua pointed out in his speech. He demanded that every institute should comply with the instructions of provincial committee of CPC and the government, place great emphasis on the specialty development and enhance the abilities to serve agriculture, farmers and the countryside.
To develop regional specialties should become the central work in the construction and development of regional institutes, added President Yan. We should improve our understanding of the importance of regional specialties and take more practical measures. We should make more efforts to build the academic team and establish dual responsibility system which includes both administration and research. We need to adjust the present personnel and introduce some talents when needed to form specialty innovation group of at least 10 scientists and technicians.
Secretary Zhao Xihua summarized the achievements and experiences of the regional institute construction in the work report. He pointed out the significance of regional institutes. From the perspective of academic structure, regional institutes are an important part in the provincial innovation system. From the view of talent group, regional institutes are important drive force in promoting agriculture progress. As for technology output, they are vital support for regional agriculture. What’s more, they are important bases to carry out technology transfer. Farmers rely on the regional institutes for income increase.
Jiangsu province has entered not only a new and vital stage of reform and upgrading, but also a key stage for agriculture modernization. Every regional institute should deepen and carry out all round reform by transforming the scientific research structure and developing mode. Secretary Zhao stressed that we need to handle our work for the regional institute development from 6 aspects. Firstly, we should focus on effective planning and guidance; secondly, we need to set up a talent group by selecting and introducing scientists; thirdly, we need to promote the infrastructure construction including the test stations, innovation platforms, etc; fourthly, the linkage function of regional institutes should take full effect so that we can strengthen our communication with local agriculture industry; fifthly, we need to improve our service, advance technology transfer and extension; at last, we need to innovate our administration system. The conference had constructive and in-depth discussions about the construction plans about the construction and development of regional institutes. Directors from all regional institutes made speeches to express their firm determination to invigorate and make progress. The attendants also visited the test and demo station in Lixiahe regional institute. Directors from regional institutes, on-campus institutes, JAAS administrative sectors, agriculture scientific industry company, comprehensive service center and the experiment stations attended the conference.