Chinese President Xi Jinping was present when Norwegian professor Nils Christian Stenseth was awarded an honorary prize in Beijing on Friday.
Stenseth is a professor of evolutionary biology and was awarded the highest honorary award that can be awarded to a foreign scientist in China.
The International Science and Technology Cooperation Award was awarded on Friday morning, Chinese time, during a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital.
“I congratulate Professor Stenseth on the excellent recognition of his considerable research in biology in collaboration with Chinese colleagues. UiO also hopes to strengthen research collaboration with Chinese researchers in the future, not only in the natural sciences and medicine, but also the social science and humanities disciplines,” says Rector Svein Stølen at the University of Oslo.
Stenseth is a professor of biosciences and was, among other things, head of the research community Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) from 2007 to 2017. During that period, the Center published nearly 1,500 scientific articles. Stenseth has worked closely with Chinese scientists for a long time.
“Norway and China have a lot to learn from each other. Close cooperation between China and Norway can, among other things, help to strengthen world-leading research groups that can help to find solutions to many of the global challenges we face. China’s contribution will be essential in finding solutions in such areas as poverty reduction, climate, health, energy and the environment,” says the professor.
This year, ten foreign researchers were awarded the Chinese honorary award. This is more than usual, because this time the awards ceremony was part of the celebration of the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary.
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