The 2018 World Life Science Conference, hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology, opened in Beijing on August 27, 2018, over 2,000 experts and scholars attending the opening ceremony. The conference is a major event amid the life sciences circle in China and the world, as an academic conference at the highest level in its field with broadest influence in China.
Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang, gave important instructions before the conference, pointing out that life science matters a lot to people's health and development, and has become a key area for scientific and technological innovation in many countries, providing unprecedented opportunities for life sciences across the globe. China is fully implementing the innovation-driven development and the Healthy China strategies, to continuously strengthen life science research, focus on developing new technologies and industries of life sciences, accelerate the development of new engines, and actively promote international exchanges and cooperation. It was hoped that all participating guests can profoundly communicate and reach consensus around themes of the conference, continuously strengthen cooperation in promoting more breakthroughs in life science research and technological innovation, and work together to meet the challenges of major diseases, aging population, environmental pollution and resource shortage, so as to boost sustainable development of world economy and society, and bring more benefits to people of all countries.
Vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Chen Zhu, said in his speech at the opening ceremony that the conference had thoroughly organized 60 special sessions for the frontiers of biology and medicine, merging “academics, think tanks, industries and popular sciences”, with three integrated special sub-forums, i.e. the Cross-Straits, Hong Kong and Macau Young Scientists Forum, Forums for China Life Science Parks, and International Symposium on China’s Development Strategies of Biotechnology.
The conference had invited more than 400 top scientists home and abroad from the life sciences field, including a number of Nobel laureates, for in-depth exchanges and discussions focused on “milestone” high-tech achievements of China's life sciences and biomedicine in recent years. 6 major results were exhibited at the reception area for VIPs and leaders of the conference. The Guangzhou Regenerative Medicine and Health Guangdong Laboratory (GRMH-GDL) and the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH) of CAS were invited to the event as VIPs, to represent the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine under the theme of "stem cell research in China at the forefront of life sciences in the world".
Deputy Director of GRMH-GDL and Director of GIBH CAS, hosted the session on stem cell and regenerative medicine. Members of the United States National Academy of Sciences, Rudolf Jaenisch, Richard Young and Ian Chambers, Changjiang Distinguished Professor, Gao Shaorong, and Chief Scientist of Young Scientist Projects of "973" Program, Chen Jiekai, reported at the forum and answered questions from domestic and overseas scholars.
The forum fueled leaping development of stem cells and regenerative medicine in China as well as the country's international influence on regenerative medicine.