At a gathering in Beijing, China, on July 20, 2006, Chinese and US scientists signed an agreement establishing the framework for the China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC). On the Chinese side, participating units from the Chinese Academy of Sciences include the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science (RCEES). On the US side, it includes the UT/ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS), UT’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE), and UT’s Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB).
The goals of the Center are to
organize and implement international scientific and engineering research;
serve as a center for scientific information exchange; and
provide international education and technical training.
Cooperative mechanisms to achieve these goals include joint research projects, academic exchange, student education, and technical transfer and training.
In its initial phase, which extends from October 2006 to September 2011, the JRCEEC will focus on research related to four themes: ecosystem processes and management, environmental sustainability of bioenergy production, ecological foundations of water resources and quality, and technologies for improvement of eco-environmental systems.
Since 2006, two new partners have signed on: the Purdue University Discovery Park's Center for the Environment and the University of Science and Technology of China.