分类目录归档:SCP

New project: MORATOXA

On October 18, after presentation and defence over an assessment panel, our proposed project MORATOXA (Monitoring and Risk Assessment of Toxic Chemicals in the Air) was approved as a flagship scientific program dedicated to ANSO (Alliance of International Science Organizations,”一带一路”国际科学组织联盟). MORATOXA, with an initial budget of 1.3 million Yuan, is a wonderful success to our previously SCP (The Southern Contaminants) program, which was a CAS Belt & Road Initiative project closed in 2020. The partners involved in MORATOXA were selected from the SCP partners to focus more on collaborations on air toxics and health. They are:

  • University of Malaya, Malaysia (Prof. Pauzi , and Dr Bong Chui Wei)
  • University of   Dhaka, Bangladesh (Prof Habib)
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya (Prof Michael Gatari)
  • The COMOSATS University Islamabad,  Pakistan (Dr Jabir Syed)
  • Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka (Dr Karu)
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (SCIR), Ghana (Dr Asante)

About ANSO: ANSO is a non-profit, non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 2018 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 36 other international science and education institutions from around the world. ANSO came into being under the principles of “joint consultation, joint effort and joint sharing” championed by the Chinese “Belt and Road Initiative”.

The SCP ended in 2020 with great success.

The MORATOXA, launched soon, is a natural extension of the SCP, but more selective with partners and more focus on air toxics and health.
Stepping/sitting on the Equator, at Mount Kenya. (August 13, 2018). We built up the Maritime Silk Road cooperation network.

On-site assessment of the Guangdong International Cooperation Base project

On September 24, a small group from the Guangdong Department of Science and Technology came to assess on-site our  Guangdong International Cooperation Base project entitled ‘The 21st Maritime Silk Road Centre for Environment and Health’ (the MSR-CEH, 海上 丝绸之路环境与健康国际联合 研究中心).  The group, led by Yu Kai (余凯), chatted with SKLOG colleagues, visited the AMS laboratory, and highly appraised the MSR-CEH, mostly run by our group.

Mahadi: My research collaboration journey

Mahadi appears in the CAS international website at: http://international-talent.cas.cn/front/pc.html#/bicsite/article/c96866982adc696b7ded25650bdadfd8

My story goes back to 2013 when I came to China to start my PhD at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, in East China’s Zhejiang Province. From the beginning of my studies, I was looking for experienced professors who are experts in my field of research and, after two years, I realized there are great professors at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) where research is often innovative and applicable.

After I finished my PhD and went to Vietnam for work, I tried to contact professors in different key labs under CAS supervision and finally I was lucky to find Prof. Gan Zhang, who is actually not only my boss, but also my professional role model. After I started my post-doctoral research in 2017, we applied for PIFI postdoctoral funding. Finally, in April 2018, I received the opportunity to work as a post-doctoral researcher under the President’s International Fellowship Initiative – Chinese Academy of Sciences (PIFI-CAS) in the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (SKLOG), Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, in South China’s Guangdong Province, under the mentorship of Prof. Gan Zhang.

During my stay here, I have been involved in evaluating the distribution and spatial pattern of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the riverine ecosystems and wastewater treatment plants across Iran. During this period, I have come across many new ideas and learning experiences and feel lucky to be part of such highly motivated and hardworking group of scientists.

I really feel lucky to have had the experience of a lifetime living in Guangzhou, a beautiful city with a pleasant climate and friendly people. I am also highly obliged to PIFI-CAS for the financial support and I feel honored and highly privileged that Prof. Gan Zhang provided me the opportunity to work in their group.