Professor Jinghai Li is currently the President of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and a Vice-President of the International Science Council. From 2004 to 2016, he also worked as a Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
He established the Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) model for gas-solid systems, which has been extended to many different complex systems, and generalised into the EMMS paradigm of computation, focusing on the structural and logical similarity between problem, modelling, software and hardware. He has also been engaged in clean coal technology. Currently, he is devoted to promoting the concept of mesoscience as an interdisciplinary science.
Professor Li is the editor-in-chief of Particuology and sits on editorial committees for several international periodicals. He holds memberships of CAS, TWAS, SATW, RAEng and ATSE.