On October 17-19, the celebration activities of the 10th anniversary of the ISBE were held during the Symposium on Bionic Science and Engineering in Weihai, China. Nearly 200 ISBE members from more than 60 universities attended the symposium, which include Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Beihang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jilin University and some other research institutions and enterprises.
Prof. Luquan Ren, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, standing vice-president of the ISBE, delivered an opening speech. Professor Jianqiao Li, General Secretary of the ISBE, expressed gratitude to the support of members. Prof. Thomas Stegmaier, President of the ISBE, Prof. Marc Weissburg and Prof. Chris D. Rudd, Vice-Presidents of the ISBE, all sent the video congratulations.
During the symposium, the ceremonies for excellent members as well as Beijing and Weihai Secretariats' establishment were held. The celebration activities such as the Forums of Youth Commission and Enterprise Committee, the preparatory meeting of Education Working Committee, the seminar of Journal of Bionic Engineering, the online meetings of Da Vinci Index and the Executive Board of Directors were also held. Da Vinci China Index (2000-2019) and Bionics International Network (Phase II) were officially released.
With the Influence of Covid-19, the ISBE Specialist Short Courses 2020 lectured by Prof. Marc Weissburg from Georgia tech, US and the Second Academic Forum on "Frontiers in Bionic Engineering" presented by Prof. Li Wen from Beihang University were organized online.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Society, congratulations from founding members, honorary members, and individual members around the world were received, which all expressed the best wishes and great expectations to the society.
This symposium is a grand academic event which get the attention and support from universities, scientific research institutes, government departments and enterprises. Its success not only expresses the current research achievements in bionic engineering but also provides a platform for delegates to communicate and cooperate with each other. This should give a major push towards the development of bionic engineering worldwide. The society will start a new chapter on healthy and rapid development as well.