Graduate students and mentor representatives from China, Japan, and the United States attended an international student workshop held virtually from November 9 to 11, when they participated in various online activities concerning scientific research academic reports, poster exhibits, interactive games and cultural experience events.
The students are from the Institute of Genetics and Development Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, NARA Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, and the UC Davis, the United States.
They enjoyed a strong academic exchange atmosphere through different activities at the workshop.
The participating students put great effort into preparing their academic reports and research posters, and shared their scientific research progress and experience with each other.
The workshop’s organizing committee and mentors and students from the United States and Japan were impressed by the scientific research progress made by Chinese graduate students, and spoke highly of their communication abilities and innovative thinking.
A variety of ice-breaker activities were also held during the event to help students from different countries quickly get to know each other. The virtual meeting soon warmed up through an interactive game to distinguish science and technology achievements.
At a cultural exchange session that took place on November 11, students from three countries introduced the colorful campus culture of UC Davis, local customs along the west coast of the United States; the NAIST and beautiful local scenery and delicacies in Nara; and the profound scientific research foundation and beautiful campus scenery of CAS and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as the ancient and mysterious Forbidden City in Beijing through virtual participation.
The three-day event provided students from different countries with excellent opportunities to conduct academic exchanges, broaden their horizons, make new friends, and increase their confidence in using English to communicate.
Despite the inconveniences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the participating students and mentors made the workshop a successful exchange platform through active participation.