What is BSC
The Botanical Society of China (BSC) is a non-profit specialized membership organization with its aim to provide a leading platform for the development of plant science and technology in China. It is affiliated to the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and officially registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Currently, its membership covers a wide range of scientists across the country with members over 14500 including scientists, professors, teachers, students, botanists, and people interested in botany and/or plants.
The BSC was formally established in August 1933, and initially proposed by those distinguished botanists like Xiansu Hu, Shu-Chi Hsing, Tsi-Tung Li, Ching-Yueh Chang, Sung-Shu Chien and other 14 scientists for the advancement of science. The First National Congress was held at Beipei, Chonqing in 1934. Prof. Xiansu Hu who worked in Fan Memorial Institute of Biology, also known as the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was elected the first President of the BSC.
Over the past 80 years, the society has experienced many difficulties and several chief development phases. With the war outbreak in 1937, its activities and meetings had to be forced into a thoroughly suspension. It was not until 1949 that the BSC restarted to organize the Fifth National Congress in Beijing and over 500 members joined the society at that time. Ever since 1978, the BSC recovered its regular activities and held the National Congress every five years.
At present, the society has grown into an important national organization and played increasingly significant role in organizing a variety of academic events, involving in scientific journals publishing and subscribing, as well as in fostering and developing excellent young scientists.
Former President and Secretary-General