2023 Zhongguancun Forum on frontier areas like AI, quantum tech

Signs of the Zhongguancun Forum are seen in front of the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, November 11, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

The 2023 Zhongguancun Forum, one of China's most high-level forums in the field of science and technology, will focus on cutting-edge areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum science and brain-computer interface (BCI), a senior official said on Monday.

Yu Yingjie, vice mayor of Beijing, said at a press briefing that during the forum, which is scheduled to be held in Beijing from May 25 to 30, the latest technological innovation trends will be discussed and the latest achievements will be showcased.

This year's forum, themed "Open Cooperation for a Shared Future," will include conferences, exhibitions, research achievement releases, competitions in cutting-edge fields and technology trading, with up to 150 events to be held.

State leaders, heads of international science and technology organizations, diplomatic envoys, scientists and business representatives will be invited to the opening ceremony on the evening of May 25, Yu said.

A total of 55 parallel sessions will be held, with a focus on frontier fields such as AI, life science and clean energy, as well as other hot topics like data management, women's role in scientific and technological innovation and digital sports.

International cooperation is also deepened, Yu said, adding that guests from over 80 countries and regions, and nearly 200 foreign government departments, international organizations and institutions will attend this year's event.

About 120 top experts from around the world, including 17 Nobel Prize laureates, will deliver keynote speeches, among which over 40 percent are foreign speakers, he said.