PCSI project partners’ visit to Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, China in January 2013

In December 2012, the Agency for French Speaking University (AUF) has granted the Pre-project for Interuniversity Scientific Cooperation (PCSI) entitled “Exploring the vegetal and microbial diversity and technological innovation to ensure food quality and safety” to School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (SBFT-HUST) to coordinate the PCSI project which gathered 8 French and non-French speaking partners including:

School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (SBFT-HUST), Can Tho University (CTU), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Food Industries Research Industry (FIRI), Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT), Hanoi University of Agriculture (HUA), Vietnam, Agricultural Research for Development (Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement – CIRAD), France and Yunnan University (YU), China.

This PCSI project involves a series of strategic and measurable objectives in order to support the research activities carried out in the field of vegetal and microbial diversity related to food quality and safety. The PCSI has set itself the following key objectives listed as follows:

- Establishing expert working groups to coordinate research and training activities to contribute by identifying research agendas for future community research in the field of vegetal and microbial diversity related to food quality and safety.

- The PCSI aims at formulating suggestions for relevant research topics. The expert working groups will make suggestions for coming up research topics in the field. Furthermore, the consortium has the objective to co-operate and contribute to the following technology Platforms, especially those which have vegetal and microbial diversity, food quality and safety as part of their Strategic Research Agenda: Food for Life; Plants for the Future; Bioactive Compounds and Sanitation.

    To organize one symposium or seminar
    To integrate experts from New Members other than French speaking partners
    To disseminate research results through an online platform and to establish new project proposals
    To initiate and set-up a researchers exchange program

During the period of January 9-13, 2013, the representatives of the School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (SBFT-HUST), Institute of Biotechnology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Agriculture and Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Ministry of Education and Training have paid a visit to the Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University (YIM-YU), China which is also a partner to the PCSI project.

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PCSI partners’ pictures during the visit at YIM-YU, China

During this period, PCSI partners have presented themselves about their own training and research activities and emphasized what each partner can contribute to the PCSI project such as exploring vegetal and microbial biodiversity and their application. The PCSI partners have taken this chance to discuss about the planning of activities the project especially the co-supervision of PhD thesis between YIM-YU and SBFT-HUST, the preparation of the international workshop entitled “Exploring Biodiversity for Sustainable Development in South East Asia (EBSEA 2013)” held in Hanoi Vietnam on September 16-17, 2013. The PCSI partners have also discussed on the future collaboration amongst partners, how to prepare joint project proposals and to work efficiently in the future.

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 Prof Li Wen Jun, Head of Actinobacterial Lab YIM-YU welcomed SBFT-HUST, IB-VAST, HUA and MOST representatives at YIM-YU  Dr Phi Quyet Tien, Head of Fermentation Lab, IB-VAST, presented research activities at his lab

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Dr Chu Ky Son, PCSI project coordinator, presented the project