On December 11th, Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Daniel Kammen visited Sichuan University, where he was appointed honorary professor and the newest council member of SCU’s International Advisory Board. President Xie Heping welcomed Dr. Kammen and presented him with both letters of appointment. Vice President Liang Bin and representative faculty of relevant departments also joined the meeting.
President Xie emphasized that Sichuan University highly values its collaboration and exchanges with the world’s leading universities and research institutions. To date, SCU has set up numerous international research platforms that have advanced important collaborative research and personnel training around the globe, yielding fruitful results. The development of green and clean energy sources is a global task, according to Xie, and SCU welcomes Dr. Kammen into its ranks to contribute to the university’s own scientific and educational efforts in this area and to help prepare a new generation of green scientists for global competitiveness. President Xie looks forward to deepening the relationship with UC Berkeley and also establishing stronger ties between Sichuan Province and the State of California.
Professor Daniel Kammen has held a number of notable positions, including Climate Science Envoy for the State Department; Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All; and Chief Technology Specialist, Director for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the World Bank. As the founder of several companies and founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Kammen has made vital contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The purpose of Kammen’s visit to Sichuan was to promote further collaboration between SCU and UC Berkeley in the area of energy research. Kammen pointed to the common ground shared between Sichuan Province and California, both in energy and natural disaster research. Kammen looks forward to his cooperation with SCU in the near future, especially to the forthcoming establishment of a joint energy research center for the promotion of global sustainable development, which is currently in the works.
To conclude their meeting, President Xie presented Dr. Kammen with letters of appointment for the honorary professor, as well as council member with SCU’s International Advisory Board.