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Dr. Rusong Wang

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Director, Urban Systems Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Rusong WANG is an Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and a Professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences and the State Key Lab on Urban & Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was the Lab’s founder and director from 1986-1996. He received his Ph.D. on Urban Systems Ecology in 1985 from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He spent one and half year in Washington State University as a visiting professor in1991-1992. 

He has been working on urban sustainability methodology especially the integrative planning & management approach of urban & human dominated ecosystem since 1981. He developed the “Social-Economic-Natural Complex Ecosystem (SENCE)” approach, combining ancient Chinese ecological thoughts with modern eco-systematics. He has been successfully applied it to urban & industrial sustainable development in China working together with local decision makers and industries on different scale’s ecopolis/ecocity development from town, county, city to province. He published more than 150 more scientific papers & 16 books on SENCE approach and urban & human dominated ecosystems. Due to his significant contributions, he won 15 national awards in science and technology & elected as the president of the Ecological Society of China (2004-2009), vice president, SCOPE/ICSU (The Scientific Committee On Problems of the Environment for ICSU) (2002-2009), vice president, Society of Human Ecology (SHE,1999-2004), vice president, International Council on Ecopolis Development (INTECOPOLIS, 2005-2011),  Chair, Committee of Eco-Environment, Chinese Association for Sustainable Development, Board member of International Association of Ecology (INTECOL) and International Ecological Engineering Society (IEES). He was also the member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, 2002-2010). In 2007, as a co-chair of the organization committee, he successfully organized the ECO-SUMMIT in Beijing, a big international occasion on complexity and sustainability.

He was elected for two terms as the Deputy of the National People’s Congress of China (2003-20012), Member of Beijing People’s Political Consultation Conference (1998-2007), appointed as the Mayor’s Counselor of Beijing City (2007-2012), Scientific Advisor of the State Commission of Population and Family Planning (2003-2010), Scientific Advisor of the Ministry of Environment (2007-2016) and one of the Ten Specified Supervisors of National Environment (2010-2012). 



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