On October 29, 2023, the "2nd China-Denmark Symposium on Electromicrobiology (CDEM 2023) and the Unveiling Ceremony of the Sino-Danish International Research Center for Electromicrobiology" took place at the Institute of Microbiology, Guangdong Academy of Sciences. More than 100 experts and scholars attended the symposium, representing a diverse range of institutions, including but not limited to Aarhus University, Peking University, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Lakes at Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, and the Institute of Microbiology at Guangdong Academy of Sciences.
During the symposium, Academician Guoping Zhao, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, praised the remarkable achievements made by the Institute of Microbiology at Guangdong Academy of Sciences, the Center for Electromicrobiology at Aarhus University, and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University for their collaborative research on Electromicrobiology. Academician Guoping Zhao emphasized the importance of government recognition and support for the emerging field of Electromicrobiology and encouraged joint efforts to promote the global transition towards sustainable, green, and low-carbon practices. Qinru Liang, Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province, and Bing Liao, President of the Guangdong Academy of Sciences, attended this symposium and conveyed their congratulations. On behalf of the Institute of Microbiology, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, Director Honghui Zhu expressed gratitude.
Qinru Liang, Bing Liao, Jun Guo, and Lars Peter Nielsen jointly revealed the International Science and Technology Cooperation Base in Guangdong Province "Sino-Danish International Research Center for Electromicrobiology."
This symposium brought together experts and scholars from domestic and international institutions who shared a common focus on the theme of "Electromicrobiology and Green, Low-Carbon Development." During the event, participants engaged in profound discussions on cutting-edge issues, innovative achievements, and the opportunities and challenges that confront Electromicrobiology research in driving global green, low-carbon, and sustainable development within the field of Electromicrobiology. Prof. Lars Peter Nielsen, an eminent Electromicrobiology scientist from Aarhus University, delivered a keynote speech titled "Oxygen and Cable Bacteria." This insightful presentation provided a comprehensive analysis of the crucial functional characteristics of cable bacteria while sharing the latest research findings in the field. The conference also showcased stimulating presentations from other invited speakers, who explored the cutting-edge findings of Electromicrobiology. The opening ceremony and keynote presentation session were chaired by Jun Guo, the director of the State Key Laboratory of Applied Microbiology Southern China. Additionally, Meiying Xu, the director of the Sino-Danish International Research Center for Electromicrobiology, along with Prof. Lars Peter Nielsen and Prof. Mingdong Dong from Aarhus University, chaired the following special sessions.
As an emerging research field of microbiology, Electromicrobiology is closely related to developing strategic emerging industries such as biotechnology, green and low-carbon technologies, and environmental protection. In recent years, discoveries and achievements in Electromicrobiology have not only updated our understanding of biogeochemical cycles and the evolution of life on Earth but also provided new opportunities and injected new momentum into the development of strategic emerging industries.
This symposium was guided by the Guangdong Academy of Sciences, the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology, and the Guangzhou Association for Science and Technology. This event was jointly hosted by the Institute of Microbiology at Guangdong Academy of Sciences, the Center for Electromicrobiology at Aarhus University, and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University. This meeting was organized by the State Key Laboratory of Applied Microbiology Southern China and the Guangdong Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Microbiology and Regional Ecological Safety and was co-organized by the Guangdong Biotechnology Industrialization Promotion Association.
Yingyan Fan (Vice Chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology), Xueling Zeng (Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Association for Science and Technology), Shancheng Li (Deputy Director of the Exchange and Cooperation at Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province), Jun Dong (Director of the Science and Technology Management Department at Guangdong Academy of Sciences), and some others attended this event.