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2021 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jan 20, 2022

Andrea Garofalo

Andrea Garofalo, a senior scientist at the US national fusion facility DIII-D, is a world-renowned authority in plasma physics, and the deputy director of the China-US Fusion Energy Research Center. He pioneered the area of high confinement tokamak plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamic instability, and promoted the development of high fusion gain advanced steady-state operation scenarios for worldwide tokamak devices. 

The cooperation between Andrea Garofalo and the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has lasted for 17 years. The EAST/DIII-D joint task force on experiments and physics research that he leads facilitated the creative achievements of EAST long-pulse high-performance steady-state plasma physics, and accelerated the realization of the EAST scientific goal of one hundred second long-pulse plasma operation at extremely high temperatures (>108℃), winning extensive attention and high praise from the world fusion community. He played a significant role in the joint team focusing on relevant physics research in high performance operation scenarios, thus speeding up China’s exploration of fusion reactor cutting-edge key science, which forms a strong support to the physics design of the China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). 

Andrea Garofalo devoted himself to pushing forward China-US fusion science exchange and cooperation. He’s made outstanding contributions in the area of magnetic confined fusion in both countries, highlighted by the establishment of a bilateral high-level workshop, opening up of new research fields, development of long-term cooperative mechanisms, and cultivation of excellent young scientists. 

Gretchen Cara Daily

Gretchen Daily is an internationally renowned ecologist, a professor at Stanford University, a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the Volvo Environment Prize. She has conducted pioneering research on ecosystem services, been a global leader in policy innovation for nature conservation, and made transformative contributions to global conservation efforts.

Professor Daily has collaborated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2007, producing 15 papers in top academic journals on the topics of ecosystem service assessment and the theory and methodology of gross ecosystem product (GEP) accounting. She has also been instrumental in persuading the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) to adopt GEP as an official indicator of ecosystem accounting, raising the international profile of CAS research to a leading level.

Professor Daily has been deeply committed to promoting China’s achievements in ecological protection policy and research on the international stage. She has made important contributions to the global dissemination and popularization of the concepts of China’s ecological civilization.

Professor Daily has received 20 visiting scholars and co-trained doctoral students from China. She has actively planned and organized a series of courses in China and the United States, in the process training a number of high-level management personnel and more than 3,000 young scholars from Chinese ministries, local governments, and other organizations. She has also used her influence to promote and support Chinese scholars in academic exchanges with the world’s top universities, making an outstanding contribution to the cultivation of talents in relevant fields.

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