On Friday 14 October FABI was honoured by a brief visit of Prof. Jianguo Hou, Vice Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China. Prof. Hou, who is an well-known nanoscientist, was in South Africa to attend the China-South Africa Hi-Tech Exhibition that took part in Sandton last week (see articles below). Prof. Wilhelm de Beer welcomed the delegation of seven that included Chinese office-bearers and scientists, on behalf of FABI Director, Prof. Mike Wingfield, who coincidentally is visiting China this week.

During the meeting the visitors were particularly interested in the strong links between FABI and China, specifically the CERC-FABI Tree Protection Programme (CFTPP), that is an official cooperative venture programme between FABI and the China Eucalypt Research Centre (CERC) of the Chinese Academy of Forestry. This programme is led by an ex-FABI PhD student and current Extra-ordinary lecturer in FABI, Dr ShuaiFei Chen. Two Chinese students currently doing their PhD's in FABI, Runlei Chang and Jieqiong Li, were also provided the opportunity to explain to the visitors what their projects are about.

More about the China-South Africa Hi-Tech Exhibition

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Tian Xuejun at the Opening Ceremony of China-South Africa Hi-Tech Exhibition

Exhibition seeks to promote high-tech cooperation between South Africa and China

SA looks to China to enhance innovation