The 9th National Congress of the Genetics Society of China (GSC) was held at the Harbin Medical University between Sep 18th-21th. The conference was hosted by the GSC and organized in collaboration with Key Laboratory of Medical Genetics, Harbin Medical University.
More than six hundred delegates from all over China attended the conference. Honored attendees included Li Jiayang academician, China vice Minister of Ministry of agriculture/President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; He Fuchu academician, President of Military Medical Science Academy of the PLA; Zhang Yaping academician, China Academy of Sciences vice president; Shen Yan academician, deputy director of the National Natural Science Fund Committee; He Lin academician, Biomedical Research Institute president of Fudan University; Yang Huanming academician, Huada Gene Research Institute founder; Kangle academicians, president of Beijing Institute of life science, China Academy of Sciences; Cheng Jing academician, Beijing biochip National Research Center Director and Yang Baofeng academician, President of Harbin Medical University, attended the opening ceremony.
The main theme for this year’s conference was "Innovation in genetics research improves bioindustry development". There were a grand total of 314 papers related to plant-, human- , animal-, medical-genetics and epigenetics that were submitted to the conference. There were five branch meetings at the Congress: human and medical genetics, plant genetics, microbial genetics, animal genetics and genetic education. Thirteen experts presented at the main conference; 36 researches provided theme reports whereas 85 presented in branch meetings. All participants had lively discussions and extensive academic exchanges around their related disciplines. In addition, 22 biological companies also participated in the conference, and further enhanced the cooperation between production, teaching and research.
The 9th Congress of GSC has passed the work report of the Eighth Council and elected 140 directors by secret ballot. In the first session of the Ninth Council of GSC, a detailed deployment plan for future directions was carried out. The Executive Council also decided the 2015 Symposium of GSC will be held in Kunming. The 10th National GSC Congress will be held in Nanjing in 2018.
The 9th National Congress and symposium of GSC coincided with the 35th anniversary of the establishment of GSC. All in all, concerted efforts of all researchers in the genetics field of china have made significant gains and have shown brilliant achievements. The conference has been highly affirmed and praised by the representatives in attendance, which showcased new advances in genetics research conducted in China.