On the 18th of August, 2017 the â€œSino-German Center for Biomass Researchâ€ (C-DBFZ) at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Engineering (CAAE) was inaugurated in Beijing. After a long period of preparation, this new Center will foster the Sino-German cooperation in the field of biomass research. It will be a hub for binational research addressing challenges in agricultural and energy issues, particularly related to environmental and climate aspects. The Director of CAAE, Prof. Dr. Bin Sui, as well as the Scientific Managing Director of DBFZ, the German Centre for Biomass Research, Prof. Dr. mont. Michael Nelles, jointly emphasized in their inauguration speeches that the new Center shall initiate new projects and elaborate applied solutions for the utilization of agricultural residues.
The CAAE has about 600 employees and is subordinated to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). There are roughly 200 employees at DBFZ whose sole shareholder is the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Besides this similarity, there is a good match between both institutionsâ€™ research agendas. Not surprisingly, CAAE has been an important cooperation partner of DBFZ since its founding in 2008.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Dr. Marco Roelcke, science advisor at the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ). Close links are expected to develop between the two Centers, both on an institutional as well as on a research exchange level.
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