The 1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis, organized by Prof. Aiwen Lei from Wuhan University and Prof. Matthias Beller from Leibniz Institute of Catalysis, was held on October 5th-10th, 2015. It was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies of Wuhan University and financed by the Chinesisch-Deutsche Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung. Twenty-five and thirteen lectures were presented by the Chinese and German experts, respectively. Totally more than 180 participants attended the symposium, including about 120 students and young scientists.
Prof. Xiang Zhou, the Dean of the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences of Wuhan University, gave a welcome speech on the opening ceremony. Prof. Zhou said, the meeting would not only promote the research development in catalytic fields, but also enhance the communication between German and Chinese scientists. As the chairman of German representatives, Prof. Matthias Beller also said, the meeting would be important for the development of sustainable catalysis in China and Germany, and create more collaboration opportunities in the future.
On the closing ceremony, Prof. Lei said, the presentations, all of which were of extremely high quality, covered a wide range of topics around homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the mechanism studies of catalysis. In particular, the exploration for the efficient catalytic systems and the special catalysts which could largely improve the efficiency of catalysis would be the common interests for all the German and Chinese scientists. All participants appreciated the usefulness of the symposium and expressed their sincere thanks to the organizers.