Leicester academics to hold cooperation talks with Chinese Institutions over Space and Earth Observation Research

Posted by kha5 at Sep 15, 2016 09:55 AM |
Professor Kevin Tansey, Head of the Department of Geography and Professor of Earth Observation to host a delegation and further visit China in September to promote cooperation in Space and Earth Observation research.
Leicester academics to hold cooperation talks with Chinese Institutions over Space and Earth Observation Research

Professor Kevin Tansey (centre) with members of the delegation from Shandong Institute of Aerospace Electro-Technology (SIAE) on the University campus.

The University of Leicester is delighted to welcome a delegation from the Chinese Shandong Institute of Aerospace Electro-Technology (SIAE). The visit, led by Professor Zhang Yutu, Vice-President of the Institute, will take place between the 13 and 15 of September 2016. The purpose of the visit is to hold discussions over future cooperation in research into Space and Earth Observation. The University of Leicester has recently established a Research Institute in Space and Earth Observation (LISEO) and the visit will offer the opportunity to showcase some of the world-leading research being undertaken by Leicester academics promote. Professor Kevin Tansey, who is hosting the visit, said ‘I am looking forward to welcoming our Chinese colleagues. I first met with representatives of SIAE at the 2014 and 2015 UK-China space workshops that were been held in Shanghai and Newbury respectively. I hope the visit is the start of a period of cooperation and collaboration’. The delegation will meet with Professor Paul O’Brien, Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science and Professor Heiko Balzter, Director of the Centre of Landscape and Climate Research during their visit.

The following week, Professor Tansey will make the return journey to China. He has been invited through the prestigious Chinese SAFEA programme (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) to visit Peking University. The programme also supports a visit by Dr Marc Padilla, one of Professor Tansey's Research Associates. Professor Tansey said ‘Dr Marc Padilla and I have been invited by Professor Lei Yan, Head of Beijing Key Laboratory of Spatial Information Integration and its Applications, to hold discussions around our respective research interests and to identify future funding opportunities. These research interests include mapping forest and forest disturbance, and advancing remote sensing technology in agriculture.’

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