China-EU Scientific and technological Cooperation "Dragon Program" trains more than 1500 researchers
Xinhua News Agency, Chongqing, 18 Nov (Reporter Ke Gaoyang)-- over the past 15 years since the launch of the "Dragon Program" for China-EU scientific and technological cooperation, more than 1500 scientific researchers have been trained and a large number of reserve talents in the field of remote sensing have been trained for both China and the EU. This is what the reporter learned at the fourth 2019 Advanced training course on Land remote Sensing held by Chongqing University on the 18th.
According to the person in charge of the National remote Sensing Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Dragon Project is a major international scientific and technological cooperation program between China's Ministry of Science and Technology and the European Space Agency in the field of earth observation, aimed at carrying out cooperative research to promote the improvement of the application level of remote sensing technology. The Dragon Project was launched in 2004 with a research cycle every four years. A total of 28 cooperation projects have been set up in the fourth phase of the Dragon Plan (2016-2020). The two sides have carried out cooperative research on the application of China-EU satellite data in agriculture, forestry, water conservancy, disaster, surveying and mapping, atmosphere, ocean and other fields.
Within the framework of the "Dragon Plan" cooperation, China and the EU hold an annual advanced research and training activity. The theme of this year's training is "the Application of remote Sensing Technology in Land Science and Monitoring". Twenty-six applied land remote sensing research experts from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other universities and research institutions taught 110 young researchers, doctoral students and postdoctoral students.
According to statistics, over the past 15 years since the launch of the Dragon Project, the number of people trained in advanced research and training activities has exceeded 1500, which has trained a large number of reserve talents in the field of remote sensing for China and the EU, and has become a good example of China-EU scientific and technological cooperation.