Recently, Prof. LIU Hongbin's research group successfully held the National Key R&D Program Seminar at the Fok Ying Tung Research Institute (FYTRI) of HKUST in Nansha District, Guangzhou. The conference was registered on September 25th, 2023, and after reporting and discussion on September 26th, it ended successfully.
Prof. LIU's group, affiliated with the Department of Ocean Science at HKUST, is within the first sub-project of the National Key R&D Project "Tipping Points, resilience and reconstruction of plankton ecosystem in typical marine areas of China" (2022YFC3105300), led by Prof. WANG Dazhi from Xiamen University. The main focus of the sub-project is on the evolution process and driving mechanisms of typical marine planktonic ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on the plankton biodiversity.
At the request of the project's chief researcher, Prof. WANG Dazhi, as the leader of the first sub-project, Prof. LIU Hongbin invited internal members of the sub-project (mainly from FYTRI, Xiamen University, the Institute of Oceanology, CAS, the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS, and China University of Geosciences) and several experts in related fields (TAN Yehui, LI Kaizhi from the SCSIO, WU Wenxue from Hainan University, and CHEN Mianrun from the South China Sea Institute of Planning and Environmental Research) to attend this conference. The conference had 11 reports, including progress reports and highlights from eight sub-tasks, as well as three invited expert reports. The conference focused on reporting and discussing the research progress of phytoplankton and zooplankton diversity in the coastal waters of China (mainly in the Pearl River Estuary and Yangtze River Estuary), including the analysis of cruise samples, historical data collection, review paper writing, and innovative achievements. All teachers, students, and experts actively participated in the discussion and reached consensus on problem analysis and solution and the consolidation of results. The successful holding of this seminar greatly promoted the completion progress of the project and the cooperation and communication among members of various sub-projects.