CAS(Chinese Academy of Sciences)-TWAS(The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries) Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology (CoEBio) is an open and integrative platform aiming to strengthen the biotechnology innovation capability of developing countries and to provide biotechnological solutions to the problems of resource, energy, population, health and environment in developing countries through strategic intelligence analysis, scientific cooperation, technology training, education and outreach relating to biotechnology.
Organize workshops and training courses related to biotechnology in developing countries to enhance the biotechnology communication among developing countries, newly emerging countries and developed countries and accelerate the spread of new scientific discoveries and technology breakthroughs. Since 2013, a series of workshops on industrial biotechnology and training courses on food biotechnology and synthesis biology for developing countries have been carried out. More than 200 people from nearly 30 developing countries have attended over 10 free training courses and workshops.
CoEBio develops joint R&D projects or international research programme and helps researchers from different countries to identify areas of common interests, implement existing agreements, propose new agreements, and implement these agreements into real collaborative projects, through South-South or South-North collaborations. In the future, CoEBio intends to offer assistance in identifying the needs for joint scientific efforts in biotechnology and launching new joint R&D projects to promote multi-lateral cooperation in science, technology and innovation in the South and developed countries.
CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology is hosted in the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), which is a national comprehensive research institution that performs a wide spectrum of basic and applied research in the field of microbiology. The scientific research system of IMCAS is comprised of five laboratories: State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources, State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics (jointly set up by IMCAS and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS), State Key Laboratory of Mycology, CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, and CAS Key Laboratory of Microbial physiological and Metabolic Engineering. IMCAS currently employs more than 490 staff members, of whom more than 320 are researchers including 7 CAS academicians. There are 523 graduate students and 55 postdoctoral fellows at IMCAS. The institute is committed to serving national and international needs. This commitment is reflected in research and practical activities located off campus in communities throughout China. It is also realized through worldwide research cooperation, training exchanges and student exchange programs. The IMCAS has established a network of international collaborations that involve scientists from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and other European countries. The international orientation of the institute is an indispensable precondition for its scientific excellence and competitiveness.
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