The China-Portuguese Speaking Countries Ocean Research Alliance got off to a flying start after being launched by over 70 representatives of member universities and institutes.
The alliance aims to bring together the research strengths and resources of its members in the field of ocean science, and promote exchange and cooperation in related fields between China and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSCs). Initiated by the University of Macau (UM), the first meeting of the alliance’s executive council was held online last week.
Nineteen influential universities and research institutes in the field of ocean science in China, Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique have joined the alliance.
The alliance will devote itself to enhancing cooperation among universities and institutes in China and PSCs in the field of ocean science. Members of the alliance will also deepen cooperation in areas such as resource sharing, scientific research, talent development, innovation and community service.
After the opening ceremony, UM Vice Rector Rui Martins kicked off the first China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Ocean Research and Education Symposium.
A number of experts from China and PSCs delivered keynote speeches, including Chen Dake, director of Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), José Victor-Santos, president of Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, and Dai Minhan, chair professor in the College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University.
The event attracted participants from nearly 20 universities and research institutes in China and PSCs who engaged in discussions on ocean science and relation topics.