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A glance at the BSC of 2020

Updated: 2021-01-18

The Chinese people wrote an epic of disease control with their unity and strength and made major achievements in social and technological development throughout the year of 2020.

The Biophysical Society of China (BSC) continued to heighten its efforts to advance the development of the biophysics discipline in 2020, presenting a brilliant report card.

The 18th Chinese Biophysics Congress shines in Guangzhou


The opening ceremony for the 18th Chinese Biophysics Congress is held at Bio Island in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The 18th Chinese Biophysics Congress -- sponsored by the BSC -- was held on Nov 17 at Bio Island in Guangzhou, capital city of South China's Guangdong province. As a great event of the year in biophysics, it succeeded in attracting the online and offline participation of over 1,100 teachers, students and academics.

Organized by the branches of the BSC, the conference set up 27 offline sub-sessions, including 23 academic reports and four featured forums. A total of 11 academicians and 158 scholars were also invited to share their views and expertise.

Given the regular epidemic prevention and control, this year's conference broadcast the academic reports and launched online science popularization interactive activities jointly created by 30 scientists


Invited guests speak at the 18th Chinese Biophysics Congress in Guangzhou. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

BSC aims to improve member services


Participants get together after the conference in Beijing on Sept 2. [Photo/WeChat account of BSC]

The BSC held a conference on the work done by its branches in 2020 on Sept 2, attracting the participation of 32 representatives from its 27 branches.

The conference reviewed the progress made on member's services in 2019, pinpointed details of the work reports of BSC's branches in 2019, and deployed the work for 2020.

In 2020, four new members were added to the BSC and one branch was renamed, realizing the steady development of BSC's member services.

Forms of academic exchanges and popular science innovated

In response to regular epidemic prevention and control, the BSC explored new forms of academic exchanges such as cloud meetings and closed-door meetings, which combine online and offline activities.

Experts of the BSC created six online popular science products in conjunction with scientific and technological workers and student volunteers by means of multimedia such as live broadcast and online courses.

In addition, the BSC has attached great importance to the development of popular science bases. In 2020, it inked an agreement with Beijing Daxing Xinghua Middle School to jointly build a science popularization base.

In the future, the BSC will cooperate with middle schools, colleges and universities to provide more popular science services for teachers and students.


Representatives of teachers and students pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony of a jointly-built base for science education. [Photo/WeChat account of BSC]

Work on journals makes new achievements


Covers of the academic journals of the BSC [Photo/WeChat account of BSC]

According to the Journal Citation Reports of 2019 released in June, Protein & Cell, a journal sponsored by the BSC, exceeded 10 for the first time in the Impact Factor (IF) and ranked 7th among all SCI journals in the Chinese mainland.

In December, Protein & Cell was once again included in the list of China's Most Internationally Influential Academic Journals released by the 2020 Annual Report for International Citation of Chinese Academic Journals, the ninth consecutive year that it had topped the ranking since 2012. It was also up 35.6 percent in terms of international journal impact.

BSC builds an expert service team for Innovation China

Since March 2020, the BSC has participated in the Innovation China expert services of the China Association for Science and Technology, contributing to local health undertakings in a scientific manner and serving work resumption of enterprises.

Experts visited pilot areas such as Beijing city and Hubei and Shanxi provinces, tailored measures to realize the integration of sports medicine and industry through science and technology and promoted local economic development and employment.

BSC takes active part in nationwide anti-epidemic campaign

Since early February, the BSC has published 46 anti-epidemic themed articles via its WeChat account, including four popular science articles written by experts, gaining a total of 15,132 views.

BSC is committed to promoting the spirit of scientists

On the occasion of the National Science and Technology Workers' Day and the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, the BSC launched a series of themed activities to interact with network users, call for attention to scientific and technological workers and foster scientific and technological innovation.

Serving scientific and technological workers, promoting scientists' spirit of dedication, and creating a social environment that encourages curiosity and scientific exploration are the priorities of the publicity work of the BSC.