On April 29, 2020, Leisi International Forum 2020 hosted by Jiangsu University and International University Consortium for Agricultural Engineering. The forum was supported by Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery, China Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, China Agricultural Mechanization Association and China Agricultural Machinery Distribution Association. Based on the theme of "poverty alleviation and agricultural machinery empowerment", the forum adopted an online and offline approach, focusing on the "development trend of intelligent agricultural equipment". More than 300 experts and scholars from over 60 agricultural universities in 7 countries including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt attended the forum.
In the morning of the 29th, Liu Jian, Former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Former Director of Poverty Alleviation Office of The State Council, Wang Maohua, Luo Xiwen, Chen Xuegeng and Zhao Chunjiang, Academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Prof. Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University, Prof. Daniel Palm, Vice President of Northern Arizona University, Prof. Lu Huazhong, Dean of Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Zhang Lijie, Vice President of Hebei Agricultural University, and Prof. Wang Tieliang, Vice President of Shenyang Agricultural University, etc. participated in the conference online. Mr. Chen Qiaomin, General Director of Nanjing Research Institute for Agricultural Mechanization of National Ministry of Agriculture, Prof. Yu Xiaoqi, Vice President of Xihua University, Mr. Cai Jibo, Vice Chairman of China YITUO Group, Prof. Yuan Shouqi, Chair of JSU Committee, Prof. Yan Xiaohong, President of JSU, etc. attended the forum. Yi Zhongyi, President of Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, presided over the opening ceremony.
After the opening ceremony, Wang Maohua, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, gave a report on "Towards a New Journey, Thinking about the Development of China's Agricultural Equipment and Mechanization Engineering Innovation", Academician Chen Xuegeng gave a report on "Strengthening Scientific and Technological Innovation and Promoting the Development of China's Agricultural Mechanization with High Quality and Efficiency". Academician Zhao Chunjiang, gave a report on "Mechanical Intelligence in Smart Agriculture", Prof. Steve Banwart, University of Leeds, UK, gave a report on "Cooperation and Prospects betweeb University of Leeds and Jiangsu Province", and Prof. Yuan Shouqi, Chair of JSU Committee, gave a report on the "Development History and Prospect of China's Agricultural Machinery Equipment Industry". The forum also held two seminars on "agricultural equipment industry development" and "14th Five-Year Plan" agricultural machinery development ".
As the forum organizer, Jiangsu University always keeps in mind Chairman Mao Zedong's "the fundamental way out of agriculture lies in mechanization" and President Xi Jinping’s "vigorously promoting agricultural mechanization and intellectualization". So as to promote China's agricultural mechanization & modernization as the mission, alleviate rural poverty, and serve rural revitalization.