On Friday 9 September 2016 Bai Chunli, the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, visited our department and university. During his visit, the nameplate of the Joint Laboratory for Geo-information at Ghent University was unveiled. The Sino-Belgian Joint Laboratory for Geo-information was established in May 2016, between Ghent University and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG). Exchanges between academics, doctoral and master students are taking place within the framework of this joint lab and the two agreements (2007, 2012). Furthermore, H.E. Prof. dr. Chunli also visited a laboratory of the department of Solid State Sciences, department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry and Plant System Biology.