SARCCM Held 2023 Internal Academic Meeting in Qingdao, China

May 14, 2023Zhou Bing-Bing


In the morning of May 14th, 2023, SARCCM held its 2023 internal academic meeting in the Hualan Grand Hotel Conference Center in Qingdao. The meeting was chaired by Associate Professor Hua Junyi, Deputy Secretary-General of SARCCM. Fourteen people attended the meeting, including Professor Wang Xiaohua at UNSW (the Australian-side Co-Leader of SARCCM) and colleagues from the OUC side: Mr. Liu Tai (Office Director of OUC International Office), Mr. Ma Aidong (Office Director of OUC Ocean Development Research Institute), Professor Jin Yongming (the Chinese-side Co-Leader of SARCCM), Associate Professor Yu Jing at OUC (Associate Leader of SARCCM), Associate Professor Zhou Bing-Bing at OUC (Secretary-General of SARCCM), Lecturer Zhang Kuncheng (Deputy Secretary-General of SARCCM), Professor Mei Hong of the School of Law (new member of SARCCM), Associate Professor Li Ruiqian of the School of International Affairs and Public Administration (new member of SARCCM), PhD student Wan Liu of the College of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, PhD student Wang Yan of the Ocean Development Research Institute, as well as Sun Xiaoshi and Zheng Xing-Er, two academic assistants of SARCCM. The focus of the meeting was on the research frontiers of coastal research as well as SARCCM's positioning, functions, and 2023 work plan. 

During the first stage of the meeting, Director Liu Tai reviewed the development process of SARCCM, affirmed the important role it played in OUC's foreign academic exchanges, and looked forward to its future work. Director Ma Aidong proposed a vision for the co-construction of disciplines between the Ocean Development Research Institute and SARCCM, proposing that both sides will focus on the three major objectives of talent cultivation, academic research, and think tank construction, and carry out further cooperation in terms of research topics, academic forums, university collaboration, journal construction, etc.

Followingly, the attendees discussed the core columns of a planned academic anthology on integrated coastal management (ICM) research as well as a tentative proposal to call for papers for this anthology.  Dr. Jin Yongming, Dr. Wang Xiaohua, and Director Liu Tai elaborated on the time arrangement, funding management, and overall planning of the anthology. Dr. Mei Hong, Dr. Yu Jing, and Dr. Zhou Bing-Bing summarized alternatives and advantages of other forms of publishing a paper collection (e.g., journal special issue, edited book, monograph). Dr. Li Ruiqian suggested clarifying the positioning of the Sino-Australian Center itself and highlighting the research frontier and relevance of the theme of the paper collection. Dr. Zhou Bing-Bing and Dr. Wang Xiaohua once again sorted through the scientific research achievements of SARCCM and analyzed the connection between the planned anthology and the sustainable development of SARCCM. Based on this, Dr. Jin Yongming summarized a "three-step" plan for the future work regarding the planned paper collection, which includes publishing Chinese academic conference proceedings on domestic academic conference exchange platforms, collecting theoretical and practical cutting-edge papers on global coastal management through international conferences, and deepening cooperation with top international journals.

In the second stage of the conference, scholars discussed the academic frontiers and core issues of ICM research. First, Dr. Zhou Bing-Bing presented bibliographic analysis findings on the evolution and development status of ICM research from Chinese versus global perspectives. Then, Dr. Wang Xiaohua proposed four research needs for advancing ICM research, i.e., the coupling numerical prediction system of watershed-estuary-nearshore, nearshore observation system, practical system of nearshore ports, and coastal zone management system. Doctoral student Wan Liu presented her latest research results with real-life cases. Finally, Dr. Mei Hong shared his recent paper on the breakthrough of the judicial predicament of coastal zone environment.

In the end, Dr. Jin Yongming delivered the closing remarks and expressed his gratitude for every attendees. He fully affirmed the views put forward by the participants and once again emphasized the medium and long-term work objectives of SARCCM, and made specific arrangements for the implementation.
By: Sun Xiao-Shi (master's student, SARCCM, OUC); Zheng Xing-Er (junior student, SARCCM, OUC)