On May 28, 2020, the inaugural “Sino-Australia Workshop for TCM Resources Research and Development” was held online with the theme of “Clean, Green TCM Products for Community Health”. The workshop was co-organized by AEMG W&E Health, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM) and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) of University of Tasmania (UTAS). It gathered experts and scholars from Beijing, Nanjing, Melbourne and Hobart to promote the concept of TCM healthcare, drive the development of green TCM products, and further facilitate the cooperation and development of TCM resources in China and Australia through R&D platform. Mr. Zhu Haidong, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Prof. Sun Zhiguang, Vice President of NJUCM, Prof. Peter Frappell, Pro Vice Chancellor of UTAS, and Mr. Roger Li, President of AEMG Group, gave keynote speeches respectively.
More than 30 Chinese and Australian scholars and industry experts, including Prof. Mianhua Wu, Vice President of Jiangsu Association of Chinese Medicine, Prof. Jin’ao Duan, Director of Collaborative Innovation Center of Chinese Medicinal Resources Industrialization of Jiangsu Province, and Prof. Dugald Close, Associate Head Global of Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, were invited to delivered speeches on ‘Progress and development trend of indigenous (dào dì) TCM’, ‘Advances and applications in the extraction of botanical properties’, and ‘Agrotechnology in simulated growth of Chinese herbs’. They made in-depth exchanges on TCM resources production factors, practice and methodology, and technologies.
As TCM is playing an important role in combating the COVID-19 around the world, the workshop organized by AEMG W&E Health and its partner universities in China and Australia was timely and more significant than ever. Through the workshop, the three parties have effectively promoted the exchange and mutual appreciation, leveraged the complementary advantages of both countries in TCM research, facilitated the positive development of TCM in education, research and industry, and further accelerated the pace of TCM going global.