Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am very pleased to welcome you to the International Congress on Innovation and Regional Economic Development (IRED) which will be held December 2–4 2012 in Hefei, P.R. China. As innovation and regional economic development are attracting global attention and increasing in demand, the 2012 IRED will shed new light on the value and the role of the topics.

This Congress on "Scientific and Technological Innovation, Regional Economic Development, Public Administration and policy, Policy for Science and Technology, Environment management policy for sustainable development" will be a meaningful opportunity to pursue a new role and a vision of economic development. It will also serve as a China-ASEAN Symposium 2012, which concerns regional economic development and collaboration. And it is expected that the IRED will have the largest number of world-renowned scholars in attendance.

I invite you to this significant academic congress as well as to enjoy China in its most beautiful season.

I look forward to seeing you at this congress.

Sincerely yours,

Professor ZHANG Shulin

Co-Chair of IRED 2012

Vice President of USTC