The year of 2020 marks the end of China's 13th Five-Year Plan and the outset of the 14th Five-Year Plan, and has witnessed the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and unity of all people to resist the epidemic. The year of 2020 has also fostered infinite opportunities while incurring significant reshuffles and changes in the world situation. Facing the challenges and opportunities of the new era, the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) has all the way been committed to its original missions, and joined hands to make solid progress in all tasks.
There is a mission called responsibility. During the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, IPE worked together to make quick deployment and scientific response to the pandemic so as to ensure both the control of the pandemic and the progression of scientific research. IPE's establishment of the COVID-19 Special Fund has enabled rapid development of research and development of epidemic prevention materials and equipment, and reflected the responsibility of scientific researchers.
There is a power called innovation. Under the new situation of "regarding innovation as the primary driving force of development", IPE has followed the "opening-up, talent-based, platform-supporting and culture-leading" development concept to build IPE into an institute featuring green process manufacturing innovation. IPE's "1+3+5" program (i.e. 1 orientation, 3 breakthroughs and 5 directions) was evaluated as excellent in six aspects and won 28 major scientific and technological awards throughout the year, including 1 second prize for national scientific and technological progress and 1 prize for the Ho Leung Ho Lee scientific and technological progress in chemistry.
There is a kinetic energy called talent. IPE has adhered to the principle of putting people first to explored new mechanisms and models for building the talent teams. With its talent highland plan, IPE has boldly introduced 14 new high-level talents through programs such as "distinguished young scholars" and "excellent young scientists", and promoted 157 persons in professional and technical positions throughout the year. In the meantime, IPE has deepened the science-education cooperation, expanded the scope of personnel training, and made success in the "double first-class" (i.e. first-class university and first-class discipline of the world) evaluation on the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
There is a development called collaboration. IPE has developed a platform for greater openness and collaboration, taken the lead for the establishment of the "green process manufacturing innovation center", and jointly built a state-level platform with China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association as well as leading industrial enterprises. The construction of the research bases has developed steadily, the main structure of Huairou Mesoscience Center is about to be capped, the green modular platform of Langfang Branch has started construction, the environment of Zhongguancun Campus has been comprehensively upgraded, and its influence has reached a new level.
Everything comes back to life while the chilly winter is over. The year of 2021 is the first year for China to achieve its long-range objectives through the year 2035. We will continue to make use of our innovative wisdom and actions, and spare no effort to carry out strategic, pioneering and forward-looking major technological research and basic research of common science to support common human needs and lead the development of emerging industries.
"The road lies beyond the clouds, beautiful Spring follows the endless stream," an ancient Chinese poet wrote. On behalf of the leadership of the Institute of Process Engineering, I would like to extend my sincerest greetings and heartfelt thanks to all employees, students, retirees and their families, as well as to all colleagues from all walks of life that have provided potent support for the development of the Institute. In 2021, let's work hard together to make our dreams come true, share weal and woe, and look forward to a brighter future!
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