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Since its founding in 1966, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGCAS) has achieved many major scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in geology and geochemistry. Our institute has won the State Special Award for Scientific and Technological Progress and the State Natural Science Awards, and has trained a large number of high-level talents. The institute has been instrumental in establishing and developing the discipline of geochemistry, while contributing significantly to the national economy and the growth of Earth sciences. To meet the national strategic needs and the challenges in international research frontiers in the earth sciences, IGCAS currently conducts fundamental, strategic and forward-looking research in ore deposit geochemistry, environmental geochemistry, high temperature and high pressure experimental geochemistry of the Earth's interior, and lunar and planetary science. We aim to further develop and refine the theories and methodologies of geochemistry, and improve our ability to meet the nation’s substantial demands in the fields of mineral resources as well as ecological environment.

Correspondingly, IGCAS has set up the State Key Laboratory of Ore Deposit Geochemistry, the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, the Laboratory for High Temperature and High Pressure Study of the Earth's Interior, and the Lunar and Planetary Science Research Center, all of which are equipped with advanced equipment and facilities. At present, the institute is the home of more than 350 regular staff members including two CAS academicians. Among the research staff members in our institute, over 70 percent hold Ph.D. degrees. IGCAS undertakes about 400 ongoing research projects including National Basic Research Program (973 Program), National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) projects. IGCAS is authorized as one of the first group of institutes to offer master's and doctoral programs and postdoctoral fellowships, and the current enrollment of graduate students (master's and doctoral candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in IGCAS is over 300. Society of Chinese Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, one of the first-tier academic societies in China, is affiliated to IGCAS, which facilitates excellent academic exchanges and collaborations between IGCAS and other organizations both at home and abroad.

According to the CAS "Innovation 2020" program and "the 12th Five-Year" plan, we analyzed the history, current status and future potential of IGCAS and then tailored the plans of "Innovation 2020" and "the 12th Five-Year" for IGCAS. Our strategy is to integrate all phases of research, from basic research to technology development then to application of research achievements. In 2011, our institute was selected as one of the first institutes supported by the “Innovation 2020” program of CAS. We believe that under the strong leadership of the CAS, with all the employees unleashing their creativity and upholding our tradition of “hard-work and perseverance, patriotism and dedication, science and democracy, cooperation and innovation”, IGCAS shall achieve the goal of “first-rate researchers, first-rate management, first-rate environment, and first-rate results”.

We sincerely thank you for your interest in IGCAS, and look forward to your continued support in the future! On behalf of all IGCAS members, I extend the most heart-felt invitation to scientists at home and abroad to join us or collaborate with us, and welcome young scientists dedicated to geochemistry to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees and conduct postdoctoral research at IGCAS. Let us team up to innovate together, and with our passion, grow our field of geochemistry together!

IGCAS Director: HU Ruizhong

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