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Focusing on Innovation, Discussing National Laboratory Building
Source:Original    Writer:admin    Released on:2017-08-18    

 National laboratories are an important part of the national innovation system, representing the highest scientific and technological levels of a country in relevant fields. It can be said that having national laboratories are an important indicator of the national scientific and technological capabilities. In 2017, Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said at the national conference on science and technology that the building of national laboratories will be officially launched this year. According to the principle of “launching whichever is mature”, the building of national laboratories will be launched in major fields of innovation. This shows that the building of Chinese national laboratories has entered the stage of substantial operation.

The United States as a country with strong scientific and technological capabilities in the world represents the world’s highest level of national laboratory building, and its operation model also has unique characteristics. The most representative one is Argonne National Laboratory, the first national laboratory established by the United States government in 1946 and one of the largest science and engineering research laboratories in the United States. Argonne seeks to solve numerous scientific challenges in many research fields, from material science, physics, chemistry, biology, life and environmental science to high-energy physics, mathematics and computing science, laying a foundation for future technological breakthroughs in the world.

This time, the 13th head of Argonne National Laboratory, former director Peter Littlewood, will be invited to attend Pujiang Innovation Forum 2017 and give a speech at the forum.

Peter Littlewood is a British physicist and a professor of physics at the University of Chicago. He served as head of the theoretical physics research at Bell Labs in the United States and head of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in Britain. In 2014, he became the Associate Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne National Laboratory in the United States. Three years later, Peter was officially appointed director of this laboratory.

 In today’s era of rapid change in science and technology and social development by leaps and bounds in the world, scientific and technological innovation capabilities have become the core of national comprehensive strength. Against this backdrop, the building of Chinese national laboratories seems especially important and urgent. What advice on building Chinese national laboratories will Peter bring as the world’s top expert in national laboratories? How will the building of Chinese national laboratories enter a new era? Let’s look forward to the arrival of Former Director of Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago Peter Littlewood together.