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Deputy consul-general ZHOU Li's speech at 2018 Jian Zhou Memorial Oration
2018/11/28
 
Members of the University Senior Management Group
Professor Ian Frazer and Mrs Caroline Frazer
Professor Andrew Roberts
Professor Paul Clarke
Dr Xiao Yi Sun, Mr Andreas Zhou and family
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen
Good Evening!
 
It is my great honor and privilege to attend the Annual Jian Zhou Memorial Oration organized by the University of Queensland. On behalf of Dr. XU Jie, Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, I would like to take this opportunity to pay our highest tribute to Dr. Jian ZHOU and to show our strong support to China -Australia cooperation.  
 
Dr. Zhou is a great Chinese scientist who has made outstanding contributions to science and humanity. In just over a decade since its commercial release, the HPV vaccine co-invented by Dr. Zhou and Professor Frazer has significantly lowered the risk of HPV-related cancers for thousands of women around the world. It is reported that Australia could become the first country to eradicate cervical cancer. Eliminating the cervical cancer globally could be a challenge but here is the possibility. In 2017, the first HPV vaccine was introduced in China. It's essential we raise the public awareness of the vaccine. Meanwhile, it's time to make the contribution of its researcher Dr. Zhou better known to the Chinese people. We have every reason to be proud of him.
 
In his lifetime, Dr. Zhou selflessly supported the exchanges and cooperation between China and UQ. His collaboration and friendship with Professor Frazer has been regarded as a model of Chinese and Australian friendship. Today UQ has more student mobility, research collaborations, and commercialization partnerships with China than with almost any other country. The strong linkages are a result of long-standing partnerships established and promoted by scientists including Dr. Zhou, and also lay a solid foundation for more collaborations in various fields between China and Australia in the future.
 
The ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in heart. The best way to commemorate is to remain true to the original aspiration of Dr. Zhou and accomplish his mission. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warm congratulations to the six researchers who have just received awards. I believe that Dr. Zhou's love of science, dedication to research and hard work will inspire more and more young people including those who are present today to dedicate themselves to research that is vital to the well-being of the mankind. I wish them all success!
 
Thank you!
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