U.S.-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability - USCEES

2014 China-US Joint Annual Ecopartnership Symposium

October 26 - October 28 @ - Hefei, Anhui, China


Population growth, urbanization, and changes in consumption patterns, together with dwindling water resources, bring great challenges for sustainable development. The economies of the US and China are the globally dominant drivers of resource utilization, energy consumption, and environmental pollution. Sustainable development is dependent on these two nations exchanging perspectives to develop a joint agenda for international solutions to future needs. Therefore, they have formed a close cooperative partnership to exchange perspectives at all levels and work together to improve water resources, ecosystem management, and sustainable bioenergy production.

The China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) (http://jrceec.utk.edu/) was established in 2006 to enhance collaboration among Chinese and US scientists to address the combined effects of climate change and human activities on regional and global ecosystems and to explore technologies for the restoration of degraded environments. The Center’s partners include the University of Tennessee (UT), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Purdue University, two institutes within the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences), and the University of Science and Technology of China. In May 2011, a JRCEEC-based new partnership, the US-China Ecopartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES), was approved by the US Department of State and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) within the framework of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The new EcoPartnership program formally interacts with the 13 existing and five new EcoPartnerships sanctioned. JRCEEC and USCEES also promote research collaboration, academic exchange, student education, and technology training and transfer in areas of environmental concern.


Symposium Goals and Objectives

The symposium organizers will work to develop an integrative research, policy, and economic/business agenda for improving environmental health, developing green technologies, securing food production, and producing clean energy. Specifically, conference sessions and panel discussions will address the following topics:

·         Workshop 1: Sustainable Water Resources—with emphases on water health, water saving, and wastewater processing and utilization

·         Workshop 2: Integrated Energy Strategies—with emphases on biomass conversion, waste recycling, and alternative energy

·         Workshop 3: Environmental Safety and Sustainability—with emphases on molecular toxicology, pollution control, contaminated land remediation, ecosystem services, and sustainable policy


  • University of Science and Technology of China

o   School of Chemistry and Materials Science

o  CAS Key Laboratory of Pollutants Transformation in Urban Environment

o  Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Biomass Clean Energy


  • Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Nanjing University
  • Zhejiang University
  • China Agricultural University
  • Purdue University
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Rice University


  • National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • University of Science and Technology of China


The symposium will invite approximately 100 recognized scientists and program managers from the United States and China. The symposium is open to US and Chinese volunteer participants (costs not covered). There will be approximately 50 oral presentations, 3 roundtable discussions, and a number of group meetings.


Organizing Committee

Chairman: Dr. Han-Qin Yu (University of Science and Technology of China)

Co-Chairman: Dr. Gary Sayler (The University of Tennessee)

                          Dr. Gui-Bin Jiang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Members (not completely confirmed yet):

Dr. Qin-Xiang Guo (University of Science and Technology of China)

Dr. Yao Fu (University of Science and Technology of China)

Dr. Li-Feng Yan (University of Science and Technology of China)

Dr. Guo-Ping Sheng(University of Science and Technology of China)

Dr. Gui-Rui Yu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Zhi-Yun Ouyang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Xing-Guo Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Xu-Dong Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Shu-Zhong Gu (Development Research Center, China)

Dr. Tao Wang (China Agricultural University)

Dr. Ren-Jie Dong (China Agricultural University)

Dr. Jun Bi (Nanjing University)

Dr. Xu-Xiang Zhang (Nanjing University)

Dr. Jian-Ming Xu (Zhejiang University)

Dr. William Brown (The University of Tennessee)

Dr. Chris Cox (The University of Tennessee)

Dr. Terry Hazen (The University of Tennessee)

Dr. Frank Loeffler (The University of Tennessee)

Dr. Timothy Filley (Purdue University)

Dr. Ronald Turco (Purdue University)

Dr. Martin Keller (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Dr. Jay Gulledge (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Dr. Virginia Dale (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Dr. Tony Palumbo (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Dr. Randall Gentry (Argonne National Laboratory)

Dr. Pedro Alvarez (Rice University)

Dr. Thomas Mason (Rice University)

Dr. Qilin Li (Rice University)



No registration fee will be charged on invited guests, 1200 RMB/200 USD for voluntary participants and 600 RMB/100 USD for students. The conference organizers will provide local transportation between the airport and hotel at no cost of the guests, and most of meals will be covered by the organizers during the meeting.



Dr. Zhong-Hua Tong

Department of Chemistry

University of Science and Technology of China

Hefei, Anhui 230026, China

Phone: +86 15255182710

Email: zhtong@ustc.edu.cn

Prof. Jie (Joe) Zhuang

Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science

The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996-4531, USA

Phone: +1 (865) 974-9467

Email: jzhuang@utk.edu


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