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ISA and China Instrument & Control Society (CIS) finalize Memorandum of Cooperation

Agreement paves the way for numerous collaborative opportunities

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (12 September 2013) - Building on its worldwide presence and mission of global collaboration, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOM) with the China Instrument & Control Society (CIS), the leading academic organization in instrumentation, measurement, control and automation in China.

While the two organizations have maintained a mutually beneficial bi-lateral relationship since 1980-with both entities regularly supporting and participating in the events and activities of the other-the MOM formally declares joint intentions to:

  • Further the professional interests of automation and control professionals throughout the world.
  • Encourage the exchange and dissemination of technical information.
  • Promote understanding and cooperation between the members of CIS and ISA.

"The signing of this MOC is the result of multiple conversations in recent years between ISA and CIS," says Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director and CEO.  "We have established a mutual understanding, based on each organization's strengths and competencies, that allows us to take the relationship to the next level, benefiting all automation professionals around the world through enhanced information sharing."

Specifically, the agreement outlines several opportunities for collaboration, including:

  • Co-organized automation and control engineering and technical training courses in China.
  • Co-sponsored automation and academic conferences in China, other parts of the Asia-Pacific region, the US and throughout the world.
  • Reciprocal membership, enabling members of both associations to gain membership into the other at a discount.
  • The translation of more ISA publications into Mandarin, and the translation of more CIS publications into English.
  • Greater access to ISA automation and control standards in China.

About the China Instrument and Control Society

Founded in 1979, the nonprofit China Instrument and Control Society (CIS), formerly China Instrument Society, is the leading academic organization in instrumentation, measurement, control and automation in China.

With 42,000 individual members, 2100 group members, 41 technical divisions, 29 local sections, and 10 ad hoc committees, CIS publishes six academic and technical journals on measurement and control and instrumentation, and has hosted MICONEX (Multinational Instrumentation Conference and Exhibition) annually since 1983, providing a forum for innovation as well as science and technology awards.

Located in Beijing, China's capital, CIS operates as a bridge among the Chinese governmental administrations, industries, scientists, engineers, researchers and manufacturers.


At a recent meeting in Beijing, China, ISA President-elect Secretary Peggie Koon received a plaque from Wu Youhua, Secretary General of the China Instrumentation and Control Society (CIS). The plaque expresses CIS' appreciation of ISA's support and contribution to MICONEX (Multinational Instrumentation Conference and Exhibition), the global conference that CIS hosts each year. 

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).