自3月17日至今，在短短的近一个月时间里，自然科学研究院一共举办了15场高水平的学术讲座和国际会议，其中“自然科学杰出演讲系列讲座” 3场，平均每天1场讲座，报告人从中科院院士， 国际数学家大会一小时报告人，到美国数学学会和美国科学促进协会的会士26人，全部是数学领域的重量级学者。共计3800余人次线上听报告，其中“自然科学杰出系列演讲讲座”平均每场参会者达500余人，最多的一场讲座达到900多人。借助在线直播的学术报告形式，来自海内外的学者、师生不受空间限制，共聚“云端”，共享前沿的科研动态和研究成果。
The world has come to a standstill fighting the invisible enemy. Meanwhile, the academic activities of the Institute of Natural Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “INS”) never cease.
In the spring of 2020, the new coronavirus outbreak slowed the world. Due to suspensions of school and quarantine arrangement, academic exchanges and discussions cannot be conducted in the usual way. INS shifts the academic activities from offline to online. The Cloud Academic Feast has attracted worldwide scholars to participate, which greatly enhanced the international academic influence of the Institute and the University.
Professor Shi Jin, the director of the Institute of Natural Sciences, along with INS faculty and staff took the lead to formulate a cloud activity plan, and actively invited world-renowned scientists to gather together virtually to participate in the cloud academic events. Since March, the Institute, by utilizing zoom conference system, website and WeChat, has organized a series of academic events that have effectively eliminated the geographic distance and allow people from afar to interact academically.
Since March 17, INS has held a total of 15 high-level academic lectures and international conferences within one month, including three “Distinguished Lectures in Natural Sciences”. On average, INS held one lecture every day. A total of 26 speakers were involved in this academic feast, ranging from academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one-hour lecturer of the International Congress of Mathematicians, to fellows of the American Mathematical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, all of whom heavyweights in mathematics. More than 3800 people attended the online report in this period. Among them, the “Distinguished Lectures of Natural Sciences “ averaged more than 500 attendees per lecture, and the largest number of participants in one lecture reached more than 900 people. With the aid of online live academic reports, scholars, teachers and students from home and abroad are no longer restricted by distance. They gather together on the “cloud” to share cutting-edge scientific research trends and research results through our platform.
The Cloud Academic model introduced during the pandemic not only expands the academic influence of INS, but also saves time and financial resources, and has been highly praised by many scholars. INS lectures become the most expected academic activities in the international applied mathematics community. This new academic model has turned the Institute of Natural Sciences into an oasis of academic activities during the pandemic. Other top academic research institutions have learned from the INS mode and the Cloud Academic Feast is now trending in academia.
There will be nine more online lectures to be held in the next three weeks. INS plans to continue the cloud academic activities in order to accelerate the dissemination of cutting-edge research results, and bring the academic world together during the pandemic when the humankinds are suffering and most academic activities stopped.