Our institution just had its official opening ceremony held at the Bohui Building this month which welcomed her first 9 gracious students who, with different background however, all coming here for one common goal of interests; That is, not sham to say, to find their own future achievements in neuroscience, specially tackling the brain and the mind and the machine. This opening ceremony to which we have invited the two heads of the institute, Dr. Yi Rao and Dr. Minmin Luo, together with the Deputy Chief Officer of the institute, Mr. Zegong Zhang to give a talk, hosted several ice-breaking activities that allow our students to get the better of each other as well as colleagues in-and-outside the institute. Also to know more about the place where they will be studying at and working for in the next years.
The opening ceremony started with Dr. Luo showing the location of several major facilities of the CIBR followed by his vision on what sort of resources we can be expecting for when all phases of facilities owned by CIBR are completed. This blue map is conferred not only from Dr. Luo, one of the two heads of this institution, but also from the Beijing government alongside with the acknowledgement of several prestigious university in the city. With ample governmental funding and wishes, we are honour to name ourselves the largest resources-wise collaborative, yet independent in its core, institute across this nation. This is not because that we are endowed with tremendous supporting resources to do our research, this is because we all believe deep in heart that we shall always be ready till the day we are called upon by the country for catching up the missing work in relation to brain research. And may one day produce state of-the art work for this country!
Following a brief introduction on the flow of this ceremony given by the event organizer, Mr. Lubin Tan, the head of the institute, Dr. Yao and Dr. Luo spoke of the future of CIBR and the future of the 9 graduate students. Even though they are the first batch coming to CIBR and may lead the direction of this institute, Both the two heads of CIBR promised to provide as much supports as the first batch are getting now to the next generations. With the history of the Chinese neuroscience industry in mind, Dr. Yao states specifically the challenge that in a freshly established institute like CIBR, academics, researchers could face large output-related demands at work which may result in chronic mental distresses. The CIBR, on this account, aims to assure all students are preserved from this concern by consistently providing them with supports, financially, mentally and academically.
In support of Dr Yao’s view, Dr. Luo mentioned about how he coped with the challenges that came with studying as a graduate student, e.g. stresses from studying, workplace and marriage, all these to encourage our students to maintain positive outlook towards the future by sharing a part of his experiences and advices learned from living. This is like a timely infusion to the students because most of them are not well equipped with the knowledge on neuroscience before joining the CIBR therefore doing research in a new area is interdisciplinary, which given Dr. Luo’s own experience of completing a degree in Psychology followed by a master in Computer Science before his PhD in neuropsychiatric diseases, should be just as miserable as coping life in stress. But once you survived it, you are made to see not only the success of some paper work, or publications but also the success of life.
Bearing all the wishes in mind, the students heard from the Deputy Chief Officer of CIBR, Mr Zhang speaking about the stages at which the construction work of CIBR facilities has achieved. He also talked about the current situation of the CIBR and future plans. His speech about the CIBR becoming a key asset in the national strategic plan for supporting Brain Research was particularly impressive. Most students were highly inspired to talk more freely about their prospections on the future in the subsequent activities.
Lastly, CIBR are willing to provide thoughtful supports to our students not because we wanted to build up our reputation for the ease of attracting more researchers, eligible candidates to come to study or work here. We intend in fact to try out some unprecedented things, things that no institute or graduate research centre has done and are capable of doing in this nation. We have the ambitions to train our own students to the extent that in the future, each of them is equipped with the skills to conduct research independently or to compete against researchers from world-class institutes. And at the end, we want all our students to work WITH us, instead of working FOR us!
Author: Tiezhan Lu; Proofreading: Yao Xiao; Editor: Chaoming Wang