Chinese Vice Premier visits UK synchrotron science facility

Chinese Vice Premier visits UK synchrotron science facility

Madame Liu was shown Diamond’s I24 beamline for microfocus protein crystallography. Prof Dave Stuart, Diamond’s Director of Life Sciences and Head of the Division of Structural Biology at the Department of Clinical Medicine (Oxford) and Ling Zhu and Xlangxi Wang
Madame Liu was shown Diamond’s I24 beamline for microfocus protein crystallography. Prof Dave Stuart, Diamond’s Director of Life Sciences and Head of the Division of Structural Biology at the Department of Clinical Medicine (Oxford) and Ling Zhu and Xlangxi Wang
Diamond was honoured to welcome China’s Vice Premier Yangdong Liu, along with senior colleagues from the Chinese government and embassy, for a tour of the synchrotron on Saturday 19th September.
 
Prof Andrew Harrison, Diamond’s CEO, and his fellow directors led the tour, which enabled Madam Liu and her colleagues to gain an appreciation for the scale of the synchrotron and the precision engineering that is required to facilitate experiments at the molecular and atomic level. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, also attended on behalf of the UK government. Madame Liu was shown Diamond’s I24 beamline for microfocus protein crystallography. Here Prof Dave Stuart, Diamond’s Director of Life Sciences and Head of the Division of Structural Biology at the Department of Clinical Medicine (Oxford), along with Ling Zhu and Xlangxi Wang, post docs at the Department of Structural Biologyworking on a collaboration between Diamond, Oxford and Beijing, explained the research that they have been doing to design a new empty shell vaccine for foot and mouth disease. The beamline, one of 25 currently operational, conducts research into a host of other human and animal related diseases including cancer, diabetes, HIV and polio.
China’s Vice Premier Yangdong Liu from the Chinese government and embassy
China’s Vice Premier Yangdong Liu from the Chinese government and embassy
 
Commenting on the visit, Prof Harrison said, “It was a huge privilege to meet Madame Liu and to have the opportunity to highlight the work that we do here at Diamond, which spans across all fields of scientific research. 21st century science is an international endeavour and we welcome many Chinese scientists to Diamond as part of academic and industrial collaborations. We are sure the visit will help to spark new ideas for collaborations and partnerships in the future.”
 
”This was an extremely important event for us. The delegation had over 70 representatives and many other senior Chinese individuals, including several ministers. Over 20 Diamond staff helped to organise and manage the visit and I’m extremely grateful to them all for making the day such a success. Fajin Yuan, Chiu Tang and Hongchang Wang deserve a special mention, as well as Shu Yan Zhang from ISIS, as their translation services were outstanding and invaluable.”
 
The vice-premier and her colleagues were visiting the Harwell campus as part of a wider event organised by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which included a symposium chaired by Andrew Taylor, Head of National Laboratories, STFC-BIS. The event highlighted the strong science and technology links that exist between the UK and China, along with future plans to extend these links and develop new projects between researchers from both academia and industry.