State Councilor Liu Yandong, Minister for Research Wan Gang,
CAS Vice President Bai Chunli and the five laureates in the great hall
of the people (Börner: first row, third from the left).
© Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
Gerhard Börner with Li Cheng, the current leader of a new partner
group of the MPA at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, and the
© G.Börner, MPA
At a special reception, State Councilor Liu Yandong recognised the
achievements by the international laureates and emphasised the
paramount importance of international research collaboration for the
economic and social development of China.
Börner is one of the pioneers in the cooperation of the Max Planck
Society with China: Since 1979 he continues to stimulate
German-Chinese cooperation and rendered outstanding services as mentor
and teacher for a whole generation of Chinese
astrophysicists. Together with Professor Jing Yipeng from the Shanghai
Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) he initiated the first Max Planck
Partner-group in China — a new form of cooperation, which soon
became a model for similar programmes and which is the most successful
instrument for international networking today. Börner and Jing’s
partner-group shaped the research on galaxy formation and cosmology in
China and attracted much international attention.
This was already the third Chinese honour for Gerhard Börner in the
course of one year: in January 2010 the Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS) presented him with the
CAS Award for International Cooperation in Science and Technology,
followed in September 2010 by the
Friendship Award of the Chinese government.