Academy President now a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

June 28, 2024
Two men dressed in suits on stage
President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Hou Jianguo and President of the Australian Academy of Science Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC at the induction ceremony in Beijing. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

President of the Australian Academy of Science Professor Chennupati Jagadish AC has been inducted into the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as a Foreign Member at a ceremony in Beijing on 23 June 2024.

Professor Jagadish is one of 180 Foreign Members elected to CAS. Foreign members are people who are not Chinese citizens but have been recognized for their distinguished scientific or engineering work.

He joins three other Australian Academy of Science Fellows, Professor Bill Compston, Professor Max Lu and the late Professor Chris Christiansen as CAS Fellows.

Professor Jagadish said he was humbled and grateful for the honour of being elected as a Foreign Member.

“All the credit goes to my group members and collaborators, past and present for this honour.”

CAS is a merit-based academic society that brings together scientists and engineers from China and around the world to address both theoretical and applied problems using world-class scientific and management approaches.

Speaking at the 21st General Assembly of CAS Members on 23 June, Professor Jagadish said fostering collaboration and partnerships with international scientific organisations and researchers is a key pillar of the Academy's strategic plan. 

“International scientific cooperation is essential for addressing global challenges.

“By combining resources, expertise, and efforts across borders, the global scientific community can develop more effective, inclusive, and sustainable solutions to the pressing issues facing humanity.

“This cooperation not only advances science but also fosters global solidarity and peace. 

“My research in nanotechnology and semiconductors has been made possible because of some 30 collaborations I maintain across the world, including with China, working together to build basic science knowledge. 

“Collaborations between China and Australia have grown in recent decades, and China is now among one of Australia’s most important international partners.”

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