China-UK Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation: the Next 40 Years
The International Conference of the China-UK Forum on Science & Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy
Queen Mary, University of London
08-09 July 2019
with optional events 10-12th
In collaboration with
What is the China-UK Forum?
As UK-China collaboration is entering a new chapter, there is thus a great need to understand how the four decades of collaboration has had a lasting impact on both countries’ economic development and technological advancement. It is also necessary to explore the areas where policy support is needed to ensure another 40 years of successful collaboration between the UK and China.
In 2018, China celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launch of its economic reform and “opening up” programme. 2018 was also an important year as it marked four decades of UK-China scientific relations since the first UK-China bilateral agreement was signed. This was China’s first ever bilateral science and innovation collaboration and UK-China joint commission meetings have become a regular occurrence since 1998. In 2017, both countries took a step further and officially launched the UK-China Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation to support academics, researchers and businesses from basic research to commercialization of innovation. It is believed this new strategy will create opportunities for both countries to drive economic growth and tackle global challenges such as climate change, population growth and aging, pollution, major diseases, and declining natural resources. However, few comprehensive policy studies have been done in exploring the international cooperative mechanisms that enable successful technology and innovation collaboration between countries. more...