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Berkeley Water Center team travels to China for week of meetings and visit to field sits

In March of 2016, Isha Ray, Jack Colford, Alasdair Cohen, and Ayse Ercumen travelled from Berkeley to China for series of meetings and a conference in Beijing (in Chinese) followed by a trip to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Guangxi Province), in the country’s south to meet with local officials and visit rural field sites.

Shortly after arriving in Beijing, the Berkeley team met with officials, researchers, and other staff at the NCRWSTG headquarters in Changping District, just north of Beijing. Director Tao also organized meetings at the China CDC’s new national headquarters where the team met with officials from other China CDC agencies also focused on environmental health research and programming.

NCRWSTG and Berkeley team meeting with Guangxi Medical University researchers, Nanning, 2016Following the NCRWSTG hosted conference (see links), the team travelled to Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Province where they met with a delegation of Public Health professors and researchers at the Guangxi Medical University. 

The Berkeley team also had the pleasure of meeting with the Guangxi Province China CDC Director as well as Zhong Gemei, Director of the Institute of Environmental Health and Endemic Disease Control, and her team – many of whom had generously given their time to support the 2013-2014 research project in rural Guangxi.

Following these meetings, the Berkeley team traveled to one of the rural counties where the 2013-2014 research project was conducted. The county China CDC director and his staff graciously hosted the Berkeley delegation for two days and accompanied them on field site visits to a number of rural communities, including a boarding school and small-scale drinking water treatment plant. 



News & Media

 “On the ground: A sampling of research in water hot spots around the world” (Breakthroughs Magazine, Winter 2016 Issue )

“New research in rural China may help improve drinking water quality & reduce air pollution” (ESPM News, by Julie Van Scoy - November 20, 2015)

“China CDC collaborates with UC Berkeley” (September, 2015)