As a newly established institute, SARI aims to establish worldwide academic contacts with universities, research institutions and companies. A lot of scientists and scholars from all over the world have paid visits to SARI since its founding. In return, SARI has sent many short-term visiting scholars abroad. SARI has successfully organized several international and bilateral academic conferences and seminars, including the Urban Futures and Human and Ecosystem Wellbeing seminar held in 2010. Facing the trend of globalization, SARI is putting increasing emphasis on international cooperation, seeking more substantial and sizable joint scientific projects to advance technology transfer and industrialization.