2023 UK-China Workshop and Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Programme on Electrical Technology and Energy Equipment

From October 7th to 9th, 2023, the "2023UK-China Workshop and YESS Programme on Electrical Technology and Energy Equipment " was successfully held at Cardiff University, University of Leeds, and University of Sheffield. The event was organized by the China Electrotechnical Society (CES) and co-hosted by CES UK Branch, the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research (UCEER), and the UK-China Net Zero Engineering Center. Leading by CES, an academic exchange delegation consisted of 14 experts and young scholars from prestigious universities in China participated in the forum. More than 100 experts, scholars, and international students in the field of electrical engineering from renowned universities in UK attended the forum.

The forum consisted of three sessions: the main session at Cardiff University on October 7th, the parallel session at the University of Leeds on October 8th, and the parallel session at the University of Sheffield on October 9th. The UK-China Workshop on Electrical and Energy Equipment was held in the morning of October 7th. Professor Jianzhong Wu, the Chairman of the CES UK Branch and Dean of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University, served as the chairman of the forum. Secretary-General Yi Han delivered a video address, giving a welcoming and congratulatory speech.

The forum invited Professor Xiaoping Zhang from the University of Birmingham, Professor Wei Yuan from South China University of Technology, Professor Furong Li from the University of Bath, Professor Zhifu Mi from University College London, and Dr. Jia liang Yi from UK Power Networks to deliver keynote speeches on topics such as energy quality, new energy and energy storage, strategies and countermeasures for the transformation of the UK energy system, architecture and energy, and the application of soft open point in medium and low voltage distribution networks. Professor Yongjian Li, the head of the delegation and Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of Electrical Engineering at Hebei University of Technology, presented a summary report.

       On the afternoon of October 7th, the "Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship(YESS) Program" was hosted by Professor Xin Zhang, Secretary-General of the CES UK Branch and a professor at the University of Sheffield, and Dr. Wenlong Ming, Deputy Secretary-General of the CES UK Branch and a researcher at Cardiff University.

      The forum began with a presentation by Mr. Yanan Dou, Director of the International Cooperation Department of the CES, who provided an overview of the overall work of CES and highlighted its recent achievements in international cooperation and academic exchanges. After that, Director Yu Sun from the Academic Department introduced the implementation of the Talent Support Project initiated by the China Association for Science and Technology, explaining the project's objectives and the efforts made to attract and nurture young talents.

      The YESS Forum invited a total of 12 young scholars from China and the UK. They engaged in academic presentations and discussions on various topics, including power systems, power electronics, energy and transportation, wireless power transmission, high voltage and insulation. They also had in-depth discussions on future research collaborations in the field of energy between China and the UK. Additionally, the participants had the opportunity to visit the laboratories of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University.

      On October 8th, at the parallel session held at the UK-Chian Net Zero Engineering Center at the University of Leeds, Professor Kang Li provided an overview of the background and scope of the UK-China University Engineering Education and Research Alliance's Net Zero Engineering Center. Additionally, Professor Hu Li, Professor Ronghui Liu from the University of Leeds, and Dr. Long Zhang from the University of Manchester delivered insightful academic presentations.

On October 9th, at the parallel session held at the University of Sheffield, Dr. Lanlan Su, Professor Xin Zhang, and Dr. Milijana Odavic presented their current research directions and progress. Following the forum, Professor Z.Q. Zhu, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a professor at the University of Sheffield, along with Professor Xin Zhang, invited the delegation to visit the University of Sheffield's Electrical Machines and Drives Group laboratory and the Control and Power Systems laboratory.

The delegation was invited by Dr. Fei Teng, Deputy Secretary-General of the CES UK Branch and a researcher at Imperial College London, to visit the university. During the visit, Professor Goran Strbac and Dr. Fei Teng, both from Imperial College London, delivered insightful presentations.

 The UK-China Workshop on Electrical Technology and Energy Equipment has been held for multiple sessions and has achieved great academic exchanges results. In 2024, CES will continue to organize delegations to visit the UK. Experts and scholars in the field of electrical engineering are welcome to sign up and join the delegation.