I had the great honor of being invited by the Kavli Foundation to the Kavli Kavli Frontiers of Science meeting in Beijing, a joint symposium of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Around 50 scientists each from the U.S. and from China met together and discussed a wide range of topics, including Black Holes, Big Data, the Gut Microbiome, the Human Placenta, Science Communication and many other interesting topics. The planetary group had a strong showing, with Sarah Horst, Alex Hayes and Alex Parker attending. I met a ton of other very talented people whom I still call friends, and enjoyed seeing some of China. When the smog lifted, we noticed a large section of the actual Great Wall on the hill behind our hotel near the Chinese National Academy northeast of Beijing. We also got an evening in the city wandering around the markets and eating a nice meal.
All pictures are below: