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 On December 28, the 2020 year-end summary and development seminar of the Department of Earth System Science (DESS) was held in the South Building of the Mengminwei Science & Technology Building. Members of the department’s Party and government team report on their duties at the meeting, and all teachers make a year-end work summary. More than 40 people from the Party and government leadership of DESS and the faculty members of the whole department attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by the department head GONG Peng and the Party branch secretary LUO Yong.


Figure. Department leaders report their duties. From left to right and top to bottom are GONG Peng, LUO Yong, WU Haiping, and ZHANG Qiang.

GONG Peng made a report on behalf of the administrative team. GONG Peng said that 2020 will be an extraordinary year, and DESS has achieved “the pandemic prevention and control will not be lax, teaching and research will not stop, and reform and development will not be relaxed” in accordance with the school's requirements. In the process of fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Epidemiological Spread Prediction and Countermeasures" established by DESS won the honorary title of Tsinghua University's advanced collective for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, DESS has also made great progress in talent introduction, faculty construction, education and postgraduate training, scientific research, international exchanges and cooperation, and laboratory construction.

GONG Peng emphasized that in the coming year, DESS will continue to strengthen the teaching staff and the construction of academic ecology. In terms of academic research, continue to do a good job in the scientific research plan of "machines and earth system models with Chinese characteristics", further strengthen international exchanges and cooperation, create a good cultural atmosphere for DESS, and strive to build DESS into a demonstration department of Tsinghua University.

The representative of LUO Yong made a report to the Party branch. LUO Yong said that in the past year, the Party branch of DESS has given full play to the characteristics of geosciences, and Party building has driven the construction of world-class disciplines. At the same time, the faculty and staff Party branch completed structural adjustments, further strengthening the construction of grassroots party organizations. Focusing on the "four implementations", the general Party branch fully cooperated with the school Party committee's tenth round of school inspections. Under the leadership of the department’s Party branch, DESS has strengthened the system and organization of propaganda work, and promoted the website revision and upgrade. In the future, DESS will continue to work hard to carry out party building work, integrate the actual system construction of the unit, and actively respond to and solve the actual problems of the unit. LUO Yong emphasized that the Party and government team should earnestly assume the main responsibility, and do a good job in the education of the theme of "not forgetting the original aspiration and keeping in mind the mission" and the implementation of the school inspection and rectification.


Figure. Teacher debriefing. From left to right and top to bottom are HUANG Xiaomeng, WANG Bin, FU Haohuan, LU Hui, BAI Yuqi and LIU Li.                            

Figure. Teacher debriefing. From left to right and top to bottom, they are XU Shiming, Jonathon, LIN Yanluan, CAI Wenjia, YANG Jun, and XU Fanghua.                            

Figure. Teacher debriefing. From left to right and top to bottom are PENG Yiran, YU Le, YANG Kun, WANG Han, WANG Yong, and LI Wei.

WU Haiping, deputy dean of the DESS and deputy secretary of the general branch, and ZHANG Qiang, deputy dean of DESS, respectively reported on the completion of administrative, personnel, student management, teaching management and personal work. Afterwards, all teachers made personal summary and future plan in turn.


Figure. Group photo

In the concluding speech, GONG Peng said that from the report, it can be seen that the cooperation between teachers is gradually strengthening. With the development of AI technology becoming a mainstream trend, the development of observations, models, and applications are more closely linked, and the importance of earth system science will become more and more prominent. Therefore, the diversified and cross-collaboration approach will become a new form of research, which will also provide young teachers with many development opportunities and help improve their self-confidence. In the future, DESS should continue to do quality and influential research work, strengthen academic ecological construction, in-depth thinking about education and teaching, and improve team building and teaching staff. DESS should give full play to its own characteristics and advantages, formulate the "14th Five-Year Plan", implement various tasks, and better serve the country and society.

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