The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences (KITS) at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Kavli Foundation had a video meeting on February 21, 2020, which was organized by the Kavli Foundation.
The meeting was chaired by Chris Martin, who briefly introduced Caroline Montojo, who then provided a more detailed self-introduction. Profs. Zhang, Su, and Hu expressed their warm congratulation to Martin and Montojo for the newly appointed co-directorship of the Kavi Foundation’s Science Program. Prof. Zhang then expressed his best wishes on further collaborations with Kavli Foundation. Prof. Su introduced the supports from UCAS and Prof. Hu gave a short speech on the supports and collaborative expectations, such as in academic activities, visits and programs, etc. from the Institute of Physics (IoP, CAS).
Prof. Zhang reported the progress in the faculty recruitment of the Kavli ITS. He reported that the Kavli ITS had recently recruited five new junior faculty members in the fields of condensed matter physics and particle physics, and planned to recruit one or two astro-particle physics in 2020 as joined faculty with the Kavli Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Peking Univ., and that the Kavli ITS had also attracted a new well known senior scientist as a distinguished visiting professor in the field of particle physics to help the juniors in that field. Zhang also reported the progress of the Kavli ITS’s new building, and the planned upcoming academic events in the Kavli ITSand the new challenges such as its needs in expansion in KITS associate members.
Dr. Christopher Martin expressed the willingness of the Kavli Foundation to support the Kavli ITS and his wishes to have more close and frequent conversations with the Kavli ITS and look forward to the next fruitful meeting in Beijing. Dr. Caroline Montojo introduced the Assembly of Kavli institutes in Public Engagement and hoped to help with mutual understanding and supports.