The 12th General Assembly
The 12th General Assembly of CAS and the 7th General Assembly of CAE were convoked from June 2 to 6, 2005 in Beijing. The joint opening session of the two assemblies was held on the morning of June 2 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
State leaders Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun, Luo Gan, Wang Zhaoguo, Hui Liangyu, Liu Yunshan, Wu Yi, He Guoqiang and Wang Gang attended the ceremony. Also present at the event were members of the two academies?presidiums, CAS and CAE leaders, their advisors, and leaders of governmental departments.
CAS President Lu Yongxiang delivered his opening speech. CAE President Xu Guangdi chaired the opening ceremony. Chinese President Hu Jintao addressed the meeting. Before the opening, State leaders met with the Members and Foreign Members of the two academies present at the conference in a cordial air.
On the afternoon of June 3, Premier Wen Jiabao gave a speech to the participants at the Great Hall of the People. He elucidated the economic situation and major problems in the national economic development, highlighting the scientific concept of development and the relationship between a moderately developed society and S&T development. Regarding speeding up S&T development, Wen put forward four expectations to the CAS and CAE members.
On the morning of June 4, the State Councilor Chen Zhili gave a talk at the Great Hall of the People, briefing the latest advances in the formulation of the outlines of the national long and mid-term S&T development, staged accomplishments in strategic research and arrangements for the next step work.
The theme for the assemblies was to unite and lead the Chinese scientific and engineering communities to deeply explore the key scientific and engineering problems China might face in the first 20 years of the century so as to lay a solid foundation for the formulation of the national long and mid-term outline for S&T development and for the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects in China, and to make due contributions to the coordinated social-economic development and to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
The major tasks accomplished at the Assembly included a review of the CASAD work over the past two years, work arrangement for the coming two years, election of new standing committees of different academic divisions and the sixth batch of Foreign Members of CAS, adoption of a revised version of the Bylaws of CAS Members, the resolution to divide the Division of Technological Sciences and to name of the Division of Life Sciences, deliberations on the consultative work for the strategic research of the nation long and med-term outline for S&T development, and public lectures under the theme of “Science & China.?nbsp;