China Daily (Hong Kong)
Top scientists from around the globe meet in Beijing to discuss latest discoveries at conference
The 19th Beijing Conference and Exhibition on Instrumental Analysis, which is running from Monday to Wednesday, is set to boost applications of analytical sciences in advanced sciences and the fight against COVID-19, and support China’s new round of industrial upgrading and transformation, according to the event organizers.
Approved by the State Council in 1985 and first held in the same year, the BCEIA, organized by the China Association for Instrumental Analysis, has become one of the most influential international academic conferences and exhibitions in the field of analytical sciences. In 2019, more than 35,000 professionals signed up to participate in the event both online and offline.
With a long-term vision of “analytical sciences creating the future”, the 2021 event consists of an academic conference and an exhibition.
The conference is a plenary lectures session that discusses the most advanced principles, methods and technologies in analytical sciences.
Ten parallel sessions are being held covering electron microscopy and material science; mass spectrometry; optical spectroscopy; chromatography; magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electroanalytical chemistry; analytical techniques in life sciences; environmental analysis; chemical metrology and reference materials; and labeled immunoassay.
The exhibition, covering 53,000 square meters, is showcasing cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art instruments and facilities in analytical sciences and the biochemical technology industry. The expo features areas including testing and biochemistry technology; smart labs; environmental protection-related testing; and pharmaceutical innovation.
Visiting guides have been set up to cover different research areas, which allow visitors to focus on their topics of interest.
The 2021 event highlights new developments in the field of COVID-19 diagnosis. The Summit on COVID-19 Diagnostics & Treatment, to be held on Tuesday, will see researchers with expertise in immunology, pharmaceuticals development and epidemiology share their latest scientific
It (the BCEIA 2021) focuses on industrial transformation, the evolution of science and technology, industryacademia-research collaboration, integration and development.”
Jiang Guibin, an academician of CAS and chairman of the BCEIA 2021
The BCEIA’s influence is expected to be enhanced in the future, thanks to those world-renowned scholars participating and the increasing number of high-level academic papers delivered to the conference.”
Tan Weihong, an academician of CAS and chairman of the BCEIA 2021 Academic Committee
Now domestic instrument manufacturers account for the vast majority of exhibitors (at the BCEIA), which showcases the rise of national instrument brands.”
Zhang Yukui, an academician of CAS and a vice-chairman of the BCEIA 2021
The BCEIA not only contributes to academic achievements, but also prompts the commercialization of research findings.”
results in pandemic control.
For 36 years the BCEIA has been a platform for leading scientists from home and abroad to discuss recent developments in analytical sciences. Top scholars including Nobel Prize laureates Richard Robert Ernst (1933-2021) and Ivar Giaever, a recipient of the Wolf Prize in physics and a member of the German Physical Society Knut Urban, and an elected fellow at the United States National Academy of Sciences Robert Graham Cooks, have attended.
Many academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering have attended previous sessions. The older generation, including physicist Yan Jici (1901-96) and chemist Zhang Qinglian (1908-2006), as well as modern scientists Huang Benli and Wang Erkang, have also attended.
“As one of the world’s four major exhibitions on instrumental analysis, the BCEIA’s influence is expected to be enhanced in the future, thanks to those world-renowned scholars participating and the increasing number of high-level academic papers delivered to the conference,” said Tan Weihong, an academician of CAS and chairman of the BCEIA 2021 Academic Committee.
According to Jiang Guibin, an academician of CAS and chairman of the BCEIA 2021, numerous thematic forums and concurrent meetings are to highlight the theme of the conference, which is moving toward a green future.
“The BCEIA 2021 is held within the framework of the national science and technology development strategy of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25). It focuses on industrial transformation, the evolution of science and technology, industryacademia-research collaboration, integration and development”, Jiang said.
After more than 30 years of development, the BCEIA is mature in scale. The number of domestic scholars attending the conference has greatly increased, according to Zhang Yukui, an academician of CAS who is also a vice-chairman of the BCEIA 2021.
“When the BCEIA was first held, the number of foreign instrument manufacturers attending the exhibition was approximately three times that of domestic ones,” Zhang said. “Now domestic instrument manufacturers account for the vast majority of exhibitors, which showcases the rise of national instrument brands,” he added.
“The BCEIA not only contributes to academic achievements, but also prompts the commercialization of research findings,” said Zhang Xinrong, a professor at Tsinghua University and a vice-chairman of the BCEIA 2021. “That is why BCEIA has maintained strong attractiveness and high influence for decades,” he said.
Zhang Xinrong, a professor at Tsinghua University and a vice-chairman of the BCEIA 2021