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Updated: 2017-11-13

1. Strengthen cultivation of backup talents for international organizations and improve discourse influence in international affairs. 

The International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) is a professional and international academic association under the International Council for Science (ICSU). Members of the Biophysical Society of China (BSC), including Professor Lin Kechun (1984-1990), academician Liang Dongcai (1993-1999), Professor Zhao Nanming (1999-2005) and academician Rao Zihe(2005-2011) were two-term members of the IUPAB council. Academician Rao Zihe served as IUPAB president-elect (1984-1990), president (2014-2017) and now as former president (2018-2020).  


The BSC’s early days had comparatively few academic exchange activities with foreign countries.


Executive member of the BSC council Zou Chenglu discussed BSC’s membership in the IUPAB with Kurt Wüthrich, secretary-general of the IUPAB.


The Biophysical Society of China (BSC) officially joined the IUPAB. Vice president Lin Kechun was elected as the Chinese member to the IUPAB council at the 8th IUPAB congress in Bristol.


Four experts including vice president Lin Kechun attended the 9th IUPAB congress in Jerusalem on behalf of the BSC.


BSC delegation attended the 10th IUPAB congress in Vancouver, Canada.


BSC delegation attended the 11th IUPAB congress in Budapest, Hungary.


BSC delegation attended the 12th IUPAB congress in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


BSC delegation attended the 13th IUPAB congress in New Delhi, India.  


BSC delegation attended the 14th IUPAB congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


BSC delegation attended the 15th International Biophysics Congress (IBC) in Montpellier, France. Academician Rao Zihe made an impressive presentation on behalf of the BSC, winning the bid to host the 17th IBC with an overwhelming majority. Rao was also elected as a member of the new IUPAB council.


Vice president Shen Junxian attended the 52th IUPAB council meeting on behalf of the BSC president in Ottawa, Canada.  


President Rao Zihe and then IUPAB president Ian Smith signed the host agreement for the 17th IBC.


BSC delegation attended the 16th IUPAB congress in Long Island, the United States.


IUPAB executive members visited China and inspected preparation work for the 17th IBC.  


President Rao Zihe received then IUPAB president Kuniaki Nagayama and outlined progress in preparation for the 17th IBC. In the same year, BSC leaders attended the IUPAB council meeting in Japan and reported details of preparation works for the IBC.


The 17th IBC was held in Beijing with more than 2,500 scholars from 41 countries and regions in attendance. It was the first IUPAB congress to be held in China.


Academician Rao Zihe, on behalf of the IUPAB, attended the 31st IUBS GA. In the same year, the main leaders of the BSC visited the Brazilian Biophysics Society and the Brazilian Academy of Science.


BSC leaders received visiting leaders of the Latin American Federation of Biophysical Societies (LAFEBS).


Then IUPAB president Gordon Roberts visited the BSC and discussed IUPAB’s future priorities with academician Rao Zihe, president-elect of the IUPAB. A BSC delegation with more than 200 members attended the 18th IUPAB congress in Brisbane, Australia. Rao Zihe hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the congress as IUPAB president and was invited to deliver the plenary lecture named after Shitsan Pai.


Supported by the IUPAB, the BSC held the International Workshop of Advanced Image Processing of Cryo-Electron Microscopy 2015 in China.


Strengthened the ties with the Biophysical Society and American Society for Cell Biology to promote Sino-US cooperation.


President Rao Zihe, IUPAB president, gave opening and closing addresses at the 19th IBC in Edinburgh, UK.

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