On April 23-24, 2018, The Bridge Tank welcomed a delegation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to the Palais Brongniart. The delegation was led by the Director General of the CAS’s Institute of Sustainable Development (CASISD), Pan Jiaofeng. The CAS was created in 1949 by then Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai and now gathers 106 research centres, 3 universities and over 50,000 academics and students.
A work session between the two institutions also gathered Brice Lalonde, former French Minister of Environment and former UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, our board members Guillaume Henry and Raphaël Schoentgen, CTO of Engie, as well as Catherine Girard from Renault and the Chinese Embassy to France’s Minister Counsellor on technology.
Following the meeting, Joël Ruet, President of The Bridge Tank, and Pan Jiaofeng signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between their two organisations. CASISD is the official institute in charge of issuing long term national research strategic plans to the State Council of China.