The Royal Society @royalsociety The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. May. 23, 2019 1 min read

Our Foreign Secretary, Richard Catlow FRS, and Chief Executive, Julie Maxton, are visiting our scientific colleagues in China. Read our joint statements 

This visit is the latest in the rich history of intellectual, cultural and material exchange between China and the Royal Society from the seventeenth century to the present day.

In the past, there have been animated discussions at Society meetings about distinctive Chinese practices and culture. Reports from travellers and traders were read regularly at early Royal Society meetings

In the twentieth century, the Royal Society’s interest in Chinese science resulted in a formal relationship between the Society and Chinese scientists. Joseph and Dorothy Needham, both Society Fellows, acted as conduits between the Society and Chinese scientists

In 1959 the President of the Royal Society, Sir Cyril Hinshelwood, made an official visit to China. It was a measure of the wide interest in Chinese science that a report of his visit was published in @NewScientist

The first delegation of the Society to China was in 1962. Regular scientific exchanges were arranged between the Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Harold Thompson FRS, our Vice-President, went on to become Chair of the Great Britain-China Committee

Every Fellow of the Society is expected to sign our Charter Book. Normally, this takes place in our home in London, but in 2013, the Charter Book travelled to China, and special signings took place in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing #ScienceIsGlobal

This week marks the latest chapter in the long history of respect between UK and Chinese scientists. We collaborate closely, share ideas, skills, resources and practices and work together and learn from each other. 

The Society is honoured to number several leading Chinese scientists as Fellows. They are vital links between the scientific communities of the UK and China. #ScienceIsGlobal

Chunli Bai ForMemRS, whose research centres on scanning tunnelling microscopy, was elected to the fellowship in 2014. He currently serves as the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 

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