20 April 2018 Shenzhen - A delegation from University of Queensland of Australia led by Prof. Robert Henry, Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), Mr. Stephen Williams, Deputy Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), visited China National GeneBank (CNGB) in Shenzhen. Dr. Jian Wang, Co-Founder and President of BGI, Dr. Wang Ren, Special Advisor to the Chairman of BGI and other key staff of BGI warmly welcomed the delegation from the University of Queensland.
During the meeting, the representatives from two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Within the frame of this MoU, both parties pledge to establish bilateral cooperation covering scientific research collaboration in key projects and to facilitate exchange between two sides in talent cultivation. The two sides also aim to work together for the establishment of Australian Gene Bank project.
The delegation visited the CNGB and learned more about the wide applications of genetic technology. In the ensuing discussion, the two sides exchanged their views on cooperation in the construction of the Australian Gene Bank and talent exchange projects.
“Australian researchers have been collaborating with Chinese counterparts for scientific research on genomics and gene banking technologies for many years and we are currently exploring sources of funding for the establishment of the Australian Gene Bank and hope to seek out more opportunities for comprehensive strategic China-Australia cooperation through joint scientific research activities,” said Professor Robert Henry. “The establishment of the Gene Bank in Australia is of great importance to the protection of the world's ecological diversity, advancement of food safety and the development of human health”.
Expressing confidence in the prospect of the China-Australian scientific research cooperation, Dr. Jian Wang said that the scientific research cooperation between the CNGB and the University of Queensland would provide a platform for sharing and exchanging knowledge and expertise to promote both research cooperation and innovation in genomics. This partnership with the University of Queensland will further strengthen the China-Australian cooperation in the field of scientific research and contribute to promoting the sustainable and stable development of scientific research, industry, and society.
About Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation:
The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a world-leading research institute, comprised of three inter-related research centres, with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems. Established in October 2010, QAAFI benefits from the collective strengths of the Queensland Government and The University of Queensland. The institute brings together high-level expertise in the plant, animal, and food sciences to deliver high-impact research and development outcomes across the agriculture and food sectors. QAAFI researchers work across three broad disciplines – animal science, nutrition and food sciences, and plant science.
BGI and QAAFI collaboration, Australia's Gene Bank