Yan Song is a professor and the director of unconventional gas Research Institute at China University of Petroleum (Beijing). She holds a B.A. degree in petroleum geology from the Petroleum University (1982) and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Chinese Academy of Science (2002). Her research interests include conventional and unconventional natural gas geology. She is the chief scientist of the national 973 program in coalbed methane. Dr. Song has published over 170 papers, and 13 scientific books. She won once First Prize of the State Science and Technology Progress and twice Second Prize of the State Science and Technology Progress.