The Xi’an Branch is an administrative agency of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The branch is responsible for liaison and coordination involving CAS subordinate organizations and units such as the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, the National Time Service Center, the Institute of Earth Environment, and jointly established units such as the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation and the Qinling National Botanical Garden, etc.
The main research fields of the Xi’an Branch institutes include basic photology, space optics and electro-optical engineering; the continental environment; the environment of the Loess Plateau and other loess soil regions; and sustainable development in China. The National Time Service Center also provides various time-related services, including ensuring standard time.
The Xi’an Branch of CAS was originally established as the Northwest Branch of CAS in July 1954. In November 1978, the Xi’an Branch of CAS was formally approved by the State Council.
The main responsibilities of the Xi’an Branch include: training personnel for institute leadership positions and making personnel decisions in cooperation with Party organs; supervising, managing and providing ongoing education for officials of Xi’an Branch units; organizing and directing Party development as well as the development of a culture of innovation within Xi’an Branch units; promoting, supervising and investigating major science and technology innovation activities within Xi’an Branch units as well as their overalldevelopment; facilitating communication and interaction among Xi’an Branch units; fostering cooperation between CAS and the local government; promoting technology transfer; promoting economic and social development in the region; undertaking discipline inspection and supervision; guiding and supervising the financial management of Xi’an Branch units in cooperation with relevant departments; and serving local CAS members. The Xi’an Branch is also responsible for undertaking other assignments made by CAS.
Address: No. 125 Middle Xianning Middle Rd., Xi’an, Shaanxi 710043, China