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Open World: EU-China research cooperation

A Science|Business conference, in partnership with Huawei

Since the first EU-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, signed 1998, joint research and innovation initiatives have multiplied, in food, biotechnology, cleantech, smart cities, and space, among other fields. Published in October 2018, the Roadmap for EU-China S&T cooperation crystallises shared ambitions to amplify research cooperation.

In recent months, or even weeks, the role of research and innovation has significantly grown, on all fronts. On one hand, with the new European plans for a green, digital economy, the European Commission is ready to raise its game and boost Europe’s competitiveness in global markets. On the other hand, climate issues, rising urbanisation and the coronavirus require international, collaborative and long-term research efforts, beyond trade tensions.

As the launch of the next Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, is approaching, this conference will address the following questions: how does EU-China research cooperation benefit Europe? How to get the world working together on the most pressing global challenges, in particular in the fields of digital, cities, health and climate?

Merlyn Van Voore
Head, Secretariat of the International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Programme
Zhiwei Song
Delivery Project Executive (PMP) Practice Leader, IBM Global Business Services & President, Association of Chinese-European Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACEIE)
Thomas Hansteen
Special Adviser – China, The Research Council of Norway
Minrong ‎Zhang
CEO, Belgium-China Technology Centre
Huiyao Henry Wang
Vice-Chair, China Association for International Co-operation (CAIEC) & President, Centre for China and Globalization
Reinhilde Veugelers
Senior Fellow, Bruegel
Mao Xi
Representative, Schenzhen European Office
Xiaoyong Zhang
Coordinator China, Wageningen University & Research
Chunming Rong
Head, Center of IP-based Services Innovation, University of Stavanger, ENRICH in China
Preliminary Programme

09:00    Registration & coffee

09:30    Welcome by Science|Business

09:35    Taking stock: The framework conditions for EU-China research cooperation

Opening statement by Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General and Chief negotiator, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (tbc)

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Karina Angelieva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Henry Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization
  • Reinhilde Veugelers, Senior Fellow Member, Bruegel
  • A member of the European Parliament tbd

Moderated by Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

10:20    Cities of the future: Rethinking the urban ecosystems

Opening statement by Joerg Wuttke, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China; Vice President and chief representative in China, BASF 

A panel discussion with:

  • Joerg Wuttke, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Mao Xi, Head of the Shenzhen European office in Brussels
  • Burcu Bayar Kuzlak, Lead Program Manager Connectivity, City of Amsterdam (tbc)
  • Zhiwei Song, Delivery Project Executive (PMP) Practice Leader – Testing, IBM Global Business Services; President of Association of Chinese-European Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACEIE)

11:00    Coffee break 

11:30    Presentation of case studies of successful EU-China digital cooperation

  • ENRICH, by Chunming Rong, Head, Center for IP-based Service Innovation, University of Stavanger and ENRICH in China
  • The “Digital silk road”, by Grzegorz Stec, Associate Researcher, EU-China European Institute for Asian Studies

12:10    Green Planet: Joining forces to achieve global climate objectives

A panel discussion with:

  • Thomas Hansteen, China Coordinator, Research Council of Norway
  • Merlyn Von Voore, Head of Secretariat, International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Xiaoyong Zhang, Senior researcher and China Coordinator, Wageningen University and Research
  • Sylvie Regnier, Head of Science & Technology, EU Affairs, Airbus (tbc)

12:55    Concluding remarks by Abraham Liu, Vice-President for the European Region and Chief Representative to the EU institutions

13:00    Networking lunch

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Practical Information

For more information, please contact:

Jenny Ching-Wei Lee