CAS now supporting PAGES

CAS logoPAGES is very pleased to announce the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has joined the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) as an official supporter of PAGES' activities.

CAS Vice-President Zhang Yaping and PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre recently ratified the cooperation agreement, which is valid for a minimum of eight years. CAS is classified as a special member of PAGES.

Professor Zhang hailed the agreement as "a solid step towards more proactive engagement of CAS with the international science community on tackling issues of global importance."

"I am delighted that CAS is in a position to join forces, together with the Swiss Academy of Sciences, to support PAGES," said Professor Zhang, a molecular evolutionary biologist and an expert on conservation genetics.

"The scientific activities of PAGES are focused on deepening our understanding of the past climate and environmental changes on a global scale. Obviously, such endeavors require close collaboration among scientists around the world, and we see PAGES as an excellent international and interdisciplinary platform that will continue to facilitate such efforts."

Dr Loutre said Chinese researchers have always been actively engaged in PAGES since it was formed in 1991. "The CAS-PAGES agreement is going a step further," she said. "I am therefore very excited about the new opportunities that such a collaboration will raise."

Pinxian Wang, PAGES Vice-Chair from 2002-2007, is enthusiastic about this strengthened connection between China and PAGES.

"In the recent development of science, China has greatly benefited from the international community, and PAGES has given invaluable support to our paleo studies over the last decades," said Professor Wang. "Personally, I am so pleased to see the day is coming when we can return the favor in some way."

PAGES Co-Chairs Michael Evans and Willy Tinner welcomed this new chapter in PAGES' history.

"Thanks to over 27 years of steady support from the US and Swiss national science foundations, and now with funding from the Swiss and Chinese academies of sciences, PAGES is poised to enter a new era of international, collaborative, synthesis activities in support of global paleoenvironmental science," said Professor Evans. "It's a new chapter in the efforts of the PAGES community to support sustainability science, via understanding of the nature and process of climate and environmental change over long timescales."

"I'm very happy," said Professor Tinner, "because the generous CAS commitment to PAGES will allow us to realize future research projects that were paused since the US NSF funding ended last year. The support of CAS demonstrates the global relevance of PAGES and may act as an attractor for other countries."