During Natural Resources Week, the Faculty of Natural Resources Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology hosted a delegation of representatives from the Institute of Geography and Ecology of Shijiazhuang, China. The delegation visited and evaluated the Desert Ecosystems Research Station (DEFSI) at Isfahan University of Technology and also shared their latest scientific findings in the field of environmental and natural resources of China with members of this faculty by presenting a scientific seminar.
Professor Lio Wen-Jiang from the Institute of Geography and Ecology of China also praised the performance of the research station at Isfahan University of Technology during this visit and considered it as one of the top 19 research stations in the world. He added that ecological research stations operate as a network of active research stations, saying: "19 research stations are operating in the Middle Eastern countries, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and more."
A member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences stated that by developing this research station, we can connect it to a branch of the Chinese research academy in the near future. He said: "The institute aims to assist countries in managing, evaluating, and monitoring ecosystem changes, and scientific and material support is provided in this regard."
It is expected that after signing a memorandum of understanding, this research station will be connected to the country's and Isfahan province's meteorological monitoring and observation network in the near future, and its data will be used by the National Meteorological Organization.
Professor Lio Wen-Jiang also met with the director of the International Scientific Cooperation Center at the university during which the possibility of DEFSI joining the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) research network in the Middle East and Turkey for research on climate change in the Asia region, as well as expanding cooperation and utilizing existing capacities, were discussed.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the world's largest research organization and has consistently ranked among the top research organizations worldwide.