About the forum
Innovation is the primary driving force for development. Emerging technologies and industries are becoming important engines of economic growth and embodying unlimited potentials to address global grand challenges and sustainable development. Innovation-driven development and fostering of strategic emerging industries (SEI) are also key strategies of China, to which Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the nation’s top engineering think tank, has attached great importance. CAE has been publishing strategic emerging industries development reports for years to pinpoint the roadmap of China’s strategic emerging industries, which have made very positive social impact. Meanwhile, Shanghai is striving to become a technical innovation hub with global influence, for which innovation and emerging industries development are critical factors. In this context, CAE and Shanghai Municipal Government (SMG), together with Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce,Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) , will jointly host the International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development (IEID) with the theme of “Innovation - Empowering Emerging Technologies and Industries”. The aim of the event is to provide a forum to bring together leading experts from around the world to share insights in the frontiers and future directions of emerging industries underlain by disruptive technologies, to brainstorm ways for accelerating SEI development, and to pool wisdom to meet challenges and seize opportunities. Apart from IEID plenary keynote speeches on S&T innovation and emerging industries development, parallel sessions will be set up based on key areas of emerging industries, i.e. new generation information technology, biotechnology, cutting-edge equipment and new materials, green and low-carbon technology, and digitalized creative industry. Some 700 participants around the world are expected to attend this event. The forum is also one of the major events of China International Industry Fair (CIIF). CIIF, an event approved by the Union of international Fairs (UFI), is a leading event for equipment manufacturing in China as well as an important window and platform open to the world for international trade, communication and cooperation on industrial scope. Since its launch in 1999, CIIF has become one of the most influential international industry brand exhibitions in China, with “professionalization, marketization, internationalization and branding” as its strategies. We expect to make IEID a premium component of the annual CIIF since 2016 to create a top-level academic exchange platform for alignment between innovations and industries worldwide. The event will be co-chaired by Prof. XU Kuangdi, a prominent metallurgist and strategist, and Mr. YANG Xiong, Mayor and Party Head of Shanghai Municipal Government. Dr. Zhou Ji, an eminent expert in mechanical engineering and President of CAE, and Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr., also a renowned expert in mechanical engineering and President of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), will act as the executive chairman. We hereby sincerely invite you to this grand event, and expect you to spread this information around your colleagues. We are looking forward to meeting you in Shanghai in early winter !(learn more)
Chinese Academy of EngineeringCLICK

The Chinese Academy of Engineering is a national and independent organization composed of elected members with the highest honor in the community of engineering and technological sciences of the nation. Its missions are to initiate and conduct strategic studies, provide consultancy services for decision-making of nation’s key issues in engineering and technological sciences and promote the development of the undertaking of engineering and technological sciences in China and devote itself to the benefit and welfare of the society. Its functions are mainly in aspects as follows: 1.Bringing into full play the integrated advantages of its members who act as a group in multi-disciplinary, inter-departmental and inter-industrial, to take part in the decision-making for the national and regional economic development and social progress, undertake the studies, consultancy and evaluation of strategies for the construction of key projects and high-tech industries, and provide the central and local governments with suggestions for top-priority fields of development and orientation of key investment; 2.Organizing studies on issues of orientation and frontiers of key engineering science and technology, promoting capacity of innovation in industrial technology and raising the level of management science and engineering project; 3.Carry out extensively academic exchanges and cooperations at home and abroad at all levels and in various forms so as to create an open environment for the healthy growth of excellent young and middle-aged experts; 4.Energetically popularize science knowledge and enhance the publication in science and technology to make contributions to the promotion of the standard of engineering science and technology and the quality of workforce as well as the whole society in terms of science and culture in China;5.Safeguard science ethics and carry forward the science spirit, and to promote vigorously the construction of socialist spiritual civilization. (learn more)

About the 18th CIIFCLICK

The China International Industry Fair (CIIF), a leading event on equipment manufacturing in China, is jointly organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the China Chamber of International Commerce, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, co-organized by the China Machinery Industry Federation and managed by Shanghai East Best & Lansheng International (Group) Co., Ltd. CIIF is staged from the first Tuesday to Saturday in November annually in Shanghai. The 18th China International Industry Fair or CIIF is going to be held from 1 to 5 November, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). CIIF will comprise eight Theme Shows under one roof and occupy more than 230,000 sq. meters as its display area. Over 2,100 exhibitors and 120,000 local and international trade visitors are expected to attend the event. (learn more)

“Build Tongji University as a Strategic Place for International ‘Digital Innovation’”

—— Vice President Wu Zhiqiang’s Outlook on International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development (IEID) to be Held at Tongji University

Source: News Center   Post time: 10/12/2016   Read count: 2282

What is the last piece of the jigsaw for Shanghai to become a global technology & innovation hub? Tongji University plays a key role in China International Industry Fair, which is held in Shanghai each year. But how could we further enhance our innovation and creative abilities? These are the first questions posed by Mr. Wu Zhiqiang, vice president of Tongji University.

At the beginning of this year, Chinese Academy of Engineering and Shanghai Municipality jointly planned to open the “International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development (IEID)” on the basis of Pujiang Innovation Forum to join up such sectors as Information Technology & Industry, Biotechnology & Industry, Cutting-Edge Equipment And New Material Technology & Industry, Green and Low-Carbon Technology & Industry, and Digitalized Creative Technology & Industry in a bid to make this new forum a “weather vane of emerging industries in the world”, according to the disclosure by Wu Zhiqiang.

As part of the new forum, the Digitalized Creative Technology & Industry session will be staged at Tongji University. “… Zhong Zhihua, then secretary-general of Chinese Academy of Engineering, exhorted me to make meticulous preparations for this event. Two months ago, Mr. Zhong Zhihua ran into me and asked how the issue had been implemented and whether some difficulties existed. At the start of this new semester, Mr. Zhong was appointed president of our university. Naturally I now take charge of the preparatory work under his direct leadership,” said Wu Zhiqiang.

According to Wu Zhiqiang, in the past decade, the good development momentum of College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University and rapid growth of the design industry cluster surrounding Tongji University made northeastern Shanghai a bright spot for the design and creative industry in China and even the world. The staging of Digitalized Creative Technology & Industry session at Tongji University is the recognition of our past work and is also a spur to our future work. He said, “… we should use this forum as a link and platform to invite creative heavyweights from around the world. This time we are lucky enough to invite 7 international guests and 3 domestic guests to share with us the latest global trends on creative design and the latest creative achievements in various countries at the upcoming forum.”

Relevant colleges including College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University are now striding towards internationalization, and we are required to attract the participation of more colleges including College of Life Sciences and Technology, College of Ocean and Earth Science, College of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Electronics and Information Engineering and College of Environmental Science and Engineering. Marvelous chemical changes will surely happen if digital, design and creative elements are added to their disciplines. Moreover, the future of digitalized creativity is in the hands of young people. Therefore, the forum will include communication between graduate students and those creative minds with international influence. Wu Zhiqiang was even wondering what kind of fantastic changes will occur to our creative teaching, research and design if those masters are arranged to visit Tongji University each year.

Wu Zhiqiang also expressed his special thanks for Chinese Academy of Engineering and Shanghai Municipality and stated that this showed “their preferences for Tongji University”. He was quoted as saying, “… we must seize this unprecedented opportunity to take Tongji’s related disciplines to new highs and build our university as a strategic center for international ‘digital innovation’ as soon as possible.”

According to Wu Zhiqiang’s disclosure, in order to put such idea into practice, we will do two warm-up activities, including the preparation meeting for Digitalized Creative Technology & Industry session to be held on October 14, which will include two themed meetings namely “digital city and intelligent construction seminar” and “academician report meeting on smart city construction” to spread digitalized creative knowledge to teachers and students.

“Another important role on this platform is students”, reiterated Wu Zhiqiang. Our innovative and creative activities will not have sustainable impetus unless more students participate in interaction and students from many more disciplines are involved in this platform to have zero-distance contact with those great masters. Wu Zhiqiang emphatically said, “… students are the future of digitalized creative technology and industry.”