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SIAS, Shanghai Branch of CAS

Established in 2001, Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studies of Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIAS, CAS) is another successful collaboration between Chinese Academy of Sciences and Max Planck Society (MPG).

Its founder, as well as the first Director, was Prof. Uli Schwarz, the famous development biologist, former Section Chair MPG Biology and Medicine Section and former Director of Max Planck Institute for Development Biology. Since 1980’, Prof. Schwarz has been devoted to the scientific cooperation between MPG and Chinese science community. For his outstanding achievements, Chinese government honored Prof.Uli Schwarz a international S&T Cooperation Award (1997) and national Friendship Award in 2003.

SIAS was affiliated to Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences of CAS when it was established. The American-Chinese scientist Rao Yi was the Deputy Director. It focused on the interdisciplinary theoretical research on life sciences, in its nature both forward-looking and strategic. Besides life sciences, the research topics also include mathematics, physics, chemistry and information technology.

SIAS hosted a number of high-level international interdisciplinary round-table conferences, such as “Nanobiology-Challenges of the Future,” “The Frontiers of Neuroscience,” and “Biomedical Engineering in the 21st Century”.

From 2007 to 2008, the renowned biochemist and Academician Prof. Lin Qishui was the Chinese Co-Director, and Professor Kai Simons, from the Max Planck of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, was the Co-Director on the German part.

In January 2009, ratified by Chinese Academy of Sciences, SIAS was then affiliated to Shanghai branch of CAS. The SIAS Board was established to promote interdisciplinary research among more scientific fields and on a higher research level. The Board was Chaired by Academician Shen Wenqing, the Deputy Chairs were Academicien Wang Enduo and Chu Junhao, Directors of the 14 institutes under the CAS Shanghai Branch were the members. This effort was aimed at making SIAS an academic platform for the international cooperation on interdisciplinary research and to provide service and support for scientific communication and exchange.


For more information,

Antoine Mynard

Bureau du CNRS en Chine,
Ambassade de France en Chine, Bureau 1114-1117,
60 Tianze lu, Liangmaqiao, 3ème quartier diplomatique,
Chaoyang District Beijing 100600

Tel : (00 86 10) 8531 2264, Fax: (00 86 10) 8531 2269

Arnaud Lalo

Direction Europe de la recherche et cooperation internationale (DERCI)
CNRS – Centre national de la recherche scientifique
3, rue Michel-Ange, F75794 Paris Cedex 16, France

T. +33 1 44 96 48 28, M. +33 7 78 90 55 35



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