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)

Co-Chairs

XU Kuangdi, Vice Chairman of the 10th CPPCC,
                      Honorary Chairman of CAE Governing Board

YANG Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government

Executive Chairman

ZHOU Ji, President of CAE

Academic Committee Chair

WU Hequan, Member of CAE

Organization Committee Chairs

XU Delong, Vice President of CAE

ZHOU Bo, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government


Co-ChairsXU KuangdiIron And Steel Metallurgy Expert

A Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Mr. Xu serves as Vice Chairman of the State Council Academic Degrees Committee, President of China-US People’s Friendship Association, Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Honorary President of the Chinese Federation of Industrial Economics. During 1995-2001 he served as Mayor of Shanghai People’s Municipal Government. He was also Vice Chairman of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Mr. XU Kuangdi has long been engaged in education in higher learning institutions and was among the first group of Outstanding Experts Recognized by the State Council. He has published over 120 academic papers and 7 books. Mr. Xu was elected Foreign Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEeng), UK, Foreign Member of Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Foreign Member of Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) US, Foreign Member of Academy of Engineering Sciences of Russian Federation (AES RF), and Foreign Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).(learn more)


Co-ChairsYANG XiongSenior Economist

Yang Xiong, a graduate with a Master’s degree in economics from the postgraduate institute of the Academy of Social Sciences of China in July 1985, and a senior economist, was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, in November 1953. Yang Xiong is now Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, Acting Mayor of Shanghai and Secretary of the Party Leading Group of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. Yang served successively as vice director of the Economy Research Center of Shanghai Municipality, vice manager of the composite information department of Shanghai Shishi Company, vice director and director of the long range planning section of Shanghai Development Planning Commission, director’s assistant of Shanghai Development Planning Commission and director of the Planning Investment Section, vice director of Shanghai Development Planning Commission, general manager of Shanghai United Investment Co Ltd and president of Shanghai Information Investment Co Ltd. He also served as president of Shanghai Airline Co Ltd, chairman of the supervisor’s board of Shanghai Airline Co Ltd until February 2001, when he became vice secretary-general of Shanghai Municipality. Yang was elected vice mayor of Shanghai in February 2003. He took office as a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Committee and vice mayor of Shanghai in May 2007. He took office as Deputy Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, Acting Mayor of Shanghai and Secretary of the Party Leading Group of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government in December, 2012. Since February 2013, Yang has become mayor of Shanghai, in addition to his existing roles as deputy secretary of the CPC Shanghai Committee and party head of the municipal government.(learn more)


Executive ChairmanZHOU JiMechanical Engineering Expert

ZHOU Ji, specialized in mechanical engineering, graduated from Tsinghua University in 1970 and received PhD degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984. He is a professor in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). Dr. Zhou successively served the posts as President of HUST, Director-General of the Hubei Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Mayor of Wuhan city, and Minister of Education. During his professional career, Dr. Zhou was actively involved in research and development of Optimal Design, Computer Aided Design, and Numerical Control technology. He advanced the algorithm of direct interpolation for NC machining and the algorithm of monotonism analysis for optimization. He and his team developed a series of NC equipments and software packages on mechanical CAD, which has been widely used in various industries like machinery, aeronautics, astronautics and energy. Dr. Zhou has got 12 books and over 200 papers published and was honored several times with the State Award for Science and Technology Progress. Dr. Zhou is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). Also he is a Foreign Member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE/US), Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).(learn more)