How European academics can set up safe research collaborations with China

18 Jun 2024 | News

With research links ever more politically delicate, China science experts discuss what academics and universities can do better.

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In the leafy Berlin suburb of Dahlem sits a research group whose expertise is in short supply across Europe.

Following decades of exuberant - and some would say naïve - collaboration with China, research institutions across Europe are now rapidly back-peddling, trying to work out what is and isn’t acceptable in a much less friendly geopolitical context.

EU and member state policymakers have turned against what some see as a lopsided scientific relationship, with China arguably hoovering up far more European knowledge than Europe gets in…