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L to R: Prof. Bernard Mahon (Chairperson of ISCP, Vice President for Research, Maynooth University) and Mr. Dong WANG (Vice Mayor of Guangzhou)

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L to R: Mr. Vivian Cummins (President, Kildare Chamber of Commerce), Prof. Philip Nolan (President, Maynooth University), Mr. Wang Dong (Vice Mayor, Guangzhou), Mr. Brendan Weld (Mayor of Kildare, Kildare County Council)

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Following the successful 2015 Biomedical Workshop held on 18th – 19th March at Guangzhou Medical University (GMU) in Guangzhou, the Guangzhou Government and the Guangzhou Science, Technology and Innovation Commission (GZSTIC) visited Maynooth University on 1st July.

The Vice Mayor Mr Dong Wang led the Guangzhou government delegation and totally 10 delegates travelled from China. The delegation included the Deputy Directors from Foreign Affairs Office, Tourism Administration and two companies, which sought collaboration opportunities from Ireland. The host of the meeting is Maynooth University. Representatives from Chinese Embassy in Ireland, SFI, IDA, ICHEC, Kildare County Council, Kildare Chamber of commerce, Enterprise Ireland and TCD were invited to attend the meeting and give presentations on their main duties and functions in International Collaboration.

The Deputy Director General of Technology & Innovation Committee of Guangzhou Municipality Mr. Guilin WANG and the Director General of National Supercomputer Centre Dr. Xuefeng YUAN in Guangzhou also introduced the current situation and development of science and technology in Guangzhou and the achievements of the Supercomputer Centre. The Vice Mayor Mr Dong Wang and the Chairperson of ISCP Prof. Bernard Mahon have expressed similar ideas of collaboration during the meeting.

This meeting has promoted not only ISCP consortium partners but also local government and many government agencies to Chinese government. We look forward to fruitful collaborations with the Guangzhou government.