Conference Title

China-US 2011 Joint Symposium

September 25-28, 2011

Global Sustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water, Environment

China-US 2011 Joint Symposium

Prospects and Challenges of Growing the Biology Based Economy

The US-China EcoPartnership and the China US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change represent a partnership among six Chinese and US research institutions including the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Purdue University in the US, and in China the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research (CAS) and The Institute of Applied Ecology (CAS). The focus of the China-US Joint Research Center is to promote research collaboration, academic exchange, student education, and technology training and transfer in areas of environmental concern. The China-US Joint Research Center was established in 2006 when a 5-year agreement was signed. In May 2011 it was accepted into the China-US EcoPartnership program established by the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission ( Among the activities of the Center is an annual research symposium held in alternate years in the US and China. Previous meetings have been in Knoxville TN, Beijing, Oak Ridge TN, and again in Beijing. In September 2011 the inaugural meeting of the EcoPartnership will be held at Purdue University.

The meeting annually brings together top Chinese and American researchers in the areas of biofuels and alternative energy, environmen- tal impacts, and climate.

The program has shown steady growth and the 2011 meeting is expected to include up to 150 scientists and graduate students, including 25-30 Chinese participants.


The economies of the US and China are the globally dominant drivers of fossil fuel consumption and the release of greenhouse gases. These two nations are thus strategically linked to the challenges of global climate change and sustainable development. And, they share responsibility for developing realistic goals, effective strategies, and practical protocols for the best solutions for global energy, climate, and environmental problems. More than ever before, the US and China need to exchange perspectives at all levels and develop a sustain- able, mutually beneficial joint agenda on sustainable development and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration in energy, environment and climate is necessary for the success of the bilateral agreements signed at the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), creating new economic opportunities through technology transfer under the established goals of clean and sustainable development.

Symposium Goals and Objectives

The symposium will strengthen China-US public and private research and development partnerships through specific joint initiatives related to growing the biology-based economy. It will also generate a research, policy and economic agenda to realize this goal. Two over-riding themes of the meeting will be Biofuels and Co-Products. Specifically, conference sessions will be organized around the following topics:

  • Renewable Energy and Products from biomass;
  • Ecological processes and management of Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems
    in a bio-based economy;
  • Environmental impacts of biofuels production;
  • Applications of systems engineering for sustainable biofuels;
  • Policy options and a framework for developing the bio-based economy.

Symposium Info

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September 25-28, 2011
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana (USA)


Additional information contact:

Lauren Lu
Purdue Program Manager, US-China EcoPartnership
Phone: (765) 494-5145