Professor Qichang Yang (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China)

  • Director of the Research Centre for Protected Agriculture & Environmental Engineering (CPAE).


    Professor Qichang Yang is a Chief Scientist and the Director of Key Lab of Energy Saving & Waste Management of Agricultural Structures, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), China. He obtained his MS (1987) and PhD (1996) in Bio-Environment Engineering at China Agricultural University. As a visiting scholar, he studied greenhouse environment engineering in the System and Control group (SCO) at Wageningen University from April 2005 to April 2006. He was a senior visiting scholar on greenhouse engineering at the University of Arizona during October 2013 to January 2014.


    His main research activities included plant factories, greenhouse engineering and LED lights in horticulture. As a Chief Scientist he is now in charge of a large research project on intelligent plant factory production technology (National High Science & Technology project supported by the Chinese Government 2013-2017, £8m). In the past ten years, he has organised or participated in 35 national research projects, and (co-)published more than 150 papers, of which 40 have been quoted by SCI and EI, and 5 monographs. He has received several honours and awards for his scientific excellence, including a National Science & Technology progress prize (2009), a special Government allowance (2010), a national gold medal of patent (2011) and national expert with outstanding contributions (2013). He is a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), and convenor of Greensys 2017 organised by ISHS.

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