Science town boosts economic circle

Authors: ChinaDaily


Chengdu Science Town, an innovative entrepreneurship landmark in Tianfu New Area, will play a key role in driving the innovative development in the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, the largest metropolitan area in western China.
A large number of research institutes and cutting-edge scientific and technological enterprises have gathered in the town, which is 29 kilometers south of Chengdu, with a planned area of 99 square kilometers.
In August, the Chengdu supercomputing center will complete its first phase of construction. The center will fill the gap in the layout of China's supercomputing system in the western region.
Chengdu supercomputing center
Visual rendering of Chengdu supercomputing center
Wen Qi, director of the innovation capability department of the Management Committee of Chengdu Science Town, said that new industries such as artificial intelligence, big data and animation design are rapidly developing in Chengdu. The rate of development has created a huge demand for supercomputing.
"As an important information technology infrastructure, the supercomputing center will provide important service support for related industries."
The scientific research undertaken by 64 national universities such as the University of Electronic Science and Technology, the Chengdu Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other 30 national research institutions, is closely related to supercomputing.
The supercomputing center can attract more leading researchers to make more scientific and technological achievements.
The Chengdu Science Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chengdu College of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences are also under construction in Chengdu Science Town.
The former is expected to be put into use later this year. By then, Chengdu Science Town will be home to the CAS Chengdu branch, as well as its affiliates-the Chengdu Institute of Biology, the Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, the Chengdu Literature and Information Center, and two affiliated companies: Chengdu Organic Chemicals and Chengdu Information Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences Co. Ltd.
The Chengdu College of the Chinese Academy of Sciences plans to use 260 mu, or 17.33 hectares, of land and set aside 167 mu of land for major scientific installations and leading scientific research platforms undertaken by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is expected to be put into use in 2022 and strives to reach 1,500 students by 2025.
Represented by the Chengdu supercomputing center and the Chengdu Science Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu Science Town has landed seven major scientific and technological infrastructure and cross-research platforms, 16 national innovation platforms and 37 projects run under the joint efforts of research institutes, universities and local administrations.
Chengdu Science Town
A bird's eye view of the Chengdu Science Town
Chengdu Science Town has also introduced more than 80 major industrial projects such as Hikvision and Shangtang Technology, bringing together more than 9,800 new enterprises.
It focuses on the development of the new economy with the digital economy as the core, layout of international technology transfer centers and efforts to build an international technology innovation and transformation system.
"Carrying out high-level scientific and technological research is the fundamental mission of Chengdu Science Town," said Wen.
"We will take the striving for a national comprehensive science center as a whole, rely on original innovation to aggregate high-end scarce elements, generate new inventions, technologies and ideas, and promote the accumulation of innovative kinetic energy."
It is reported that the national comprehensive science center is an important platform for competition in the national science and technology field and a basic platform for the construction of the national innovation system. So far, China has had four comprehensive national science centers in Shanghai, Hefei, Beijing and Shenzhen, respectively. To provide support for Chengdu Science Town to achieve innovative strategies, the first batch of six supporting projects for the establishment of a national comprehensive science center in Sichuan province was officially launched in May. These include a comprehensive test platform for the rail transport system with a maximum test speed of 1,500 km per hour, and the world's first indoor simulation platform for a large mountain disaster chain.
"The establishment of a national comprehensive science center is of great significance for building the core of a nationally influential scientific and technological innovation center and creating an innovation engine for the twin-city economic circle in Chongqing," said an official in charge. The official said that in the strong scientific and technological innovation system, Chengdu Science Town will become the core of Chengdu and Chongqing's joint construction of the Western Science City, which will continue to provide innovative momentum for the construction of the twin-city economic circle in Chengdu and Chongqing.
The sixth meeting of the Central Finance Committee held at the beginning of the year emphasized the need to promote the construction of the twin-city economic circle and make the region a nationally influential center of technological innovation.
The joint construction of the Western Science City by Chengdu and Chongqing is an important part of the construction of a science and technology innovation center with national influence. Chengdu will advance the construction of the Western Science City in three phases. By 2025, it will become a science city with national influence. By 2035, it will become a science city with international influence and by 2050, it will be a fully completed world-class science city.
"The Chengdu-Chongqing joint construction of the Western Science City has brought us greater opportunities for development," said Dong Wei, director of the science and technology cooperation division of the CAS Chengdu branch.
Wang Zhigang, deputy general manager of Sichuan Jinruiqi Intelligent Science and Technology, said Chengdu's good policy system, financial support system and the accumulation of scientific and technological talents all support the development of scientific and technological enterprises.
Having settled in the Chengdu Science Town for three years, the company has owned more than 20 international and domestic intellectual property rights in the core technology field of low-speed autonomous driving, and its business territory is expanding globally. "The construction of the twin-city economic circle in the Chengdu-Chongqing region will bring about the flow of talents and technological factors, which will inevitably attract more resources. We will seize the opportunity to continue research and development and empower the sustainable growth of the industry," Wang said.

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