Chinese agricultural experts visit AFBI Stormont

Date published: 12 December 2023

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A delegation of Chinese food safety experts from Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS) visited Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) on Nov 29, 2023.

Pictured back row (L-R) Dr C Liu, Dr Z Wu, Dr A Douglas and Dr J Yang and the front row (L-R) Ms J Zhu, Dr Z Zhao and Dr W Song

The delegation was led by Professor Zhao, Zhihui, Vice President of SAAS. The purpose of the visit was to renew and deepen collaboration and research links between SAAS and AFBI.

Dr Alastair Douglas, Director of AFBI Veterinary Sciences Division (VSD), welcomed the visitors to AFBI Stormont. Both sides introduced main research areas in food safety and discussed potential opportunities for research cooperation and the exchange of staff and postgraduate students and approaches to deepen the cooperation. After the meeting delegates toured the chemical surveillance and analytical laboratory in AFBI VSD.

Dr Zhihui Zhao with Dr Alastair Douglas, Director of AFBI Veterinary Sciences Division
Dr Zhihui Zhao with Dr Alastair Douglas, Director of AFBI Veterinary Sciences Division
This visit of high level delegates from SAAS also included Zhu Jing (Division Chief), Song Weiguo (Director, Institute for Agro-food Standard and Testing Technology (ASTT)), Yang Junhua (Associate professor, ASTT) and Liu Chengbin (Assistant professor, ASTT).

Dr Tom Ford (Acting Head of Bacteriology Branch), Professor Nicolae Corcionivoschi (Acting Head of Bacteriology Branch), Professor Louise Cosby (Head of Virology Branch, VSD), Dr Anna Gadaj (Acting Head of Chemical Surveillance Branch), Professor Bob Hanna (Disease Surveillance and Investigation Branch) and Dr Ziping Wu (Economics Branch, SAFSD) from AFBI also attended the meeting and discussions.


Notes to editors: 

AFBI’s Vision is “Scientific excellence delivering impactful and sustainable outcomes for society, economy and the natural environment”.

AFBI’s Purpose is “To deliver trusted, independent research, statutory and surveillance science and expert advice that addresses local and global challenges, informs government policy and industry decision making, and underpins a sustainable agri-food industry and the natural and marine environments”.

AFBI’s core areas:

  • Leading improvements in the agri-food industry to enhance its sustainability.
  • Protecting animal, plant and human health.
  • Enhancing the natural and marine environment.

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