Professor Michael Batty Elected as Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
28 November 2023
Michael Batty, Emeritus Professor of Planning, is one of 30 international fellows of the Chinese Academy of Sciences elected in 2023.
Congratulations to Professor Michael Batty CBE FRS FBA, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in recognition of his pioneering work and significant contributions to scientific research in China.
CAS was established in 1949 as China’s national research and development centre for natural sciences and technology. Its equivalent institution in the UK is the Royal Society.
Professor Batty is a leading academic at UCL and is Chair of The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has a close connection with the Chinese scientific community, dating back to his first visit in 1986. In September 2022, he was elected as a fellow of the Geographical Society of China for his work on promoting the development of geographic information science (GIScience) in China.
Professor Batty is the author of The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013) and Inventing Future Cities (MIT Press, 2018), which have both been translated into Chinese.
Speaking of the appointment, he said:
“I am honoured to have been elected a fellow of CAS. I first visited China in 1986 and have been there many times since then as a visiting professor with exceptional universities. The fact that UCL now has 15,000 Chinese students out of 50,000 is testament to the strong links we have built. I look forward to strengthening our relationship with China.”
Image: Front of the Chinese Academy of Sciences building. From Wikimedia Commons.