Through symposia, workshops, special forums, and an annual meeting, the UCEES has engaged nearly 2000 scientists and students from more than 40 institutions. The USCEES annual symposia serves to showcase the results of research projects, share methods and best practices, explore new research directions, network resources and facilities, and provide cultural exchanges. Since 2011, four annual symposia, which alternate venues between the U.S. and China, have been held. A total of 260 technical papers have been presented at these meetings, authored or co-authored by scientists and students from China and the U.S. The meetings also attract representatives from U.S. government agencies (including Department of State, National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy), industry (including Shell, IBM, Green Tech America, FuturaGene, Zhongke Medicine Company, and Zhongke Fertilizer Company), the Chinese Consulate of Chicago, China's National Natural Science Fund Committee, and the Shenyang Municipal Science and Technology Bureau.
- 2015 China-US Joint Sympsium: - "Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World", Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA), October 2015. The fifth annual meeting will be held at Purdue University in October of 2015 and will have the theme "Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World". It will host two NSF-funded workshops - one dedicated to the role of runoff and erosion on soil-carbon stocks and the other focused on organic matter flux, stabilization, and reactivity in critical zone (CZ) science and sustainability. Outcomes from the workshops will include a compilation of recommendations for common measures and supporting methods to better address U.S. critical zone observatory questions related to a) coupled hydrological, mineralogical, and biological controls on CZ organic matter dynamics, b) geochemical and microbiological proxies for provenance (source) of organic matter, c) geochemical and microbiological indices for soil organic matter vulnerability, stability, and health.
- 2014 China-US Joint Symposium: - "Water, Energy and Ecosystem Sustainable Development" Hefei, Anhui, China, October 26-28, 2014. 2014 China-US Joint Symposium program book.
- 2013 US-China Joint Symposium: - "Environmental Health and Green Development," the Park Vista Hotel, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA, November 18-19, 2013. 2013 US-China Joint Symposium program book.
- 2012 China-US Joint Symposium: - "Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainable Development," Shenyang, China, September 17-19, 2012. 2012 China-US Joint Symposium program book.
- 2011 US-China Joint Symposium: - “Global Sustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water, and Environment” Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA), September 26-29, 2011. 2011 US-China Joint Symposium program book.
In addition to thematic symposia at out annual meetings the USCEES has sponsored a number of targeted workshops and training classes, which are listed below:
- Short Course on "Using Traditional, Normal, and Mass Independent Isotope Effects To Understand Biogeochemistry in Modern and Ancient Systems". May 8-13, 2012. China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China.
- Short Course on "The Dynamics of Soil Organic Matter". May 8-13, 2012. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
- China-US Joint Workshop on Biogeochemistry of Carbon and Nitrogen, Knoxville, TN, USA, February, 2013.
- Special Forum China-US EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability, Beijing, China, May 24, 2013.
- China-US Joint Workshop on Systems Biology for Environmental Sustainability, Shenyang, China, May 27-28, 2013.
- US-China Workshop on Advances in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, hosted by Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, May 31-June 1, 2013.
- Special Forum - "Frontiers in Environmental Research," hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute for Soil Sciences, June 1, 2013.
- China-US Joint Workshop on Biogeochemistry of Carbon and Nitrogen, Shenyang Agricultural University, China, June 27-28, 2013.
- "Opportunities and Challenges in US-China Intellectual Property Agreements", Indianapolis, IN, USA, American Chemical Society Presidential Symposium and Workshop. September 9, 2013:
- "Land Use Change: Turning Challenge into Opportunity", Shenyang, China, December14-15, 2013.
- Technical training workshop on "Bioreporters and their applications for the detection of toxicity and endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment", May 20-June 10, 2013, Beijing, China.
- Technical training workshop on "Ecological Frontiers". August 2013, Beijing, China.
- Global China Connection Midwest Annual Conference: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders. West Lafayette, IN, USA. March 29, 2014.
- China-US Workshop of Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, Shenyang, China, March 10-11, 2015.
- Special Forum of EcoPartnership: Frontiers in Soil Ecology, Huhehot, China, March 13-14, 2015.