EU-China research cooperation in the spotlight at World Expo Shanghai
Brussels, 15th June 2010
Today, Director General for Research José Manuel Silva Rodríguez from the European Commission and Chinese Vice-minister of Science and Technology Cao Jianlin officially opened the EU-China Science and Technology Week at the EU Pavilion at World Expo Shanghai 2010. During the week, more than 500 leading scientists, journalists, and representatives of industry, academia and government from the European Union and China will share knowledge, experience and aspirations for a "Better City, Better Life". The EU-China Science and Technology Week will also bring science to the Chinese public through its "Science in the City" Programme, a series of entertaining science events in the city of Shanghai.
At the opening, the European Commission's Director General for Research, José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, stated: "The EU-China Science and Technology Week is a great opportunity to identify future research priorities and explore new scientific collaborations between the EU and China. We must make sure that the best scientists in Europe can work with the best scientists in China and the rest of the world to meet our common challenges for our common benefit."
Chinese Vice-minister of Science and Technology, Cao Jianlin, pointed out: "With remarkable achievements, the China-EU science and technology cooperation has significantly contributed to the overall bilateral relationship and the social, economic development on both sides. The great potential of this cooperation still needs to be fully valued. The forthcoming 12th Five-Year Plan for Science and Technology Development and the 8th Framework Programme in perspective will open more ambitious opportunities."
From 15 to 18 June at the EU pavilion, a highly focused programme of science policy sessions, scientific workshops and media briefings will allow participants to showcase joint achievements, exchange success stories and explore new perspectives and collaboration opportunities between European and Chinese research organisations, focusing on the World Expo's theme of "Better City, Better Life".
In particular, more than 30 star research projects involving European and Chinese partners and working on the hottest topics of our time (urban research, climate change, energy, transport, health, food, knowledge-sharing etc.) will be presented to the media on 16 June at the EU pavilion.
On 18 June, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and its Chinese Partners, including the China Atomic Energy Agency and the Chinese Academy of Science will present joint EU-China research activities on nuclear safety and security as well as advanced technologies for disaster risk mitigation and response.
In parallel, free entertaining science events open to anyone interested in science will take place at the Shanghai Science Hall from 14 to 19 June. These include science cafés with renowned European and Chinese scientists, a festival of award-winning European science films and the Physics and Laser show by the Lund University from Sweden.