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Upcoming & Previous Events

In this section you can find information about the various events that we have held in China and the UK.

UK-China Innovation Partnering in Sensing and IoT

Mission summary

Funded by the FCO Global Partnership Fund (GPF), ICUK led a delegation of four UK sensing and IoT technology companies, two UK technology networking organisations (KTN and CENSIS from Scotland) and two academics to Shanghai and Changzhou for a four-days partnering mission from 10th-13th September 2017.

The Sensor China Expo 2017 opening ceremony and sub-forums on 10th September 2017 covered a wide range of topics, such as the applications of sensors in the healthcare, financial and automobile sectors and investment in sensing technologies. Fascinating talks on driverless car, Chinese medicine remote pulse diagnosis, wearable skin sensor were given by experts in the field.



The China-UK Innovation Forum on Intelligent Sensing Technology and Application took place alongside the Sensor China Expo 2017 on 11th September 2017 in Shanghai.  UK technologies for gas sensing and skin moisture level detection were showcased at the UK pavilion co-ordinated by Innovation China UK (ICUK), Science Innovation Network (SIN), Shanghai Technology Innovation Center (SHTIC) and Shanghai Industrial Micro Technology Research Institute (SITRI).


On 12th September 2017, the UK delegation visited a technology incubator, TusStar for a half-day partnering workshop. Local companies such as Honeywell China, Healthy Photon and ENC Cognition and Data Service Co. Ltd. (ENC) attended this workshop and expressed interests in collaborating with some UK delegates. This workshop was useful for understanding the processes and resources required to enter the Chinese market. TusStar also made a good introduction to the support they could provide to foreign companies who are looking to open an office in China.


A second partnering workshop, the China-UK Sensor Technology Innovation Partnering Forum took place in Changzhou on 13th September 2017. This was co-organised by Innovation China UK (ICUK), Jiangsu Science and Technology Department, Jiangsu Center of International Technology Transfer, Changzhou Science & Technology Bureau, Science and Technology Bureau of Changzhou National Hi-Tech District and other Changzhou Science and Technology organisations. Participants found the B-to-B session particularly useful for developing new partnerships with Changzhou companies.


A total of 8 projects were presented at each event and their profiles are as follows:


Title of presentation

Dr Graham Leggett, Mirico

High Precision Real Time Industrial Gas Analysis with Laser Sensing Solutions

Ms Li Liu, GSS

Low Power NDIR CO2 Gas Detection Solution

Mr Shafiq Parwaz, Fiberlogix

Distributed Acoustic Sensing and Distributed Temperature Sensing Solutions for Gas/Oil Pipeline Leakage Detection

Dr Yue Gao, QMUL

IoT solution and Showcase for Smart Agriculture

Dr Perry Xiao, Biox

Bioengineering Sensing Solution for Skin and Bio-Tissue Characterization

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov, QMUL

Wearable Technologies and Virtual Reality Frontier Researches

Dr Graham Kerr, CENSIS

Innovation Centres - Accelerating Technology Development in Sensors & Imaging Systems

Dr Liqun Yang, KTN

UK Landscape Overview on Sensor Technology


The events were widely received as beneficial for UK organisations’ development in China. Organisations new to the Chinese market gained a better understanding of their products’ potential in China and made new business contacts. Those who already have links with China have strengthened their connections with China through new contacts made at these events. Participants also found these events useful for meeting the China SIN team and DIT team to learn that they have local supports when needed.

Majority of the delegates is actively following up with local companies they met in China for further technology discussions, deals negotiation and joint R&D funding applications.

For more information on this mission, please visit the FCO blog at https://blogs.fco.gov.uk/moragbrown/2017/09/28/sensors-for-just-about-everything/


UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre Partnering Mission, 7th - 10th Nov 2016

Mission Summary

Following our successful launching mission alongside the Pujiang Innovation Forum in September 2016, ICUK led a delegation of 6 UK technology companies and 1 QMUL representative to China in November 2016 for a 5-days mission. This mission consisted of workshops in Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou, as well as site visits to local technology incubators. Special thanks to Mr Gareth Taylor, Consul of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate General Shanghai who gave opening speeches at all three workshops.


Our first stop was Shanghai, where we held an IoT and Big Data workshop at JuYuan Science Park. Whilst we were in Ju Yuan Science Park, we visited Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI) to understand more about their research interests and functioning in Shanghai.



We also visited the ARM accelerator in Caohejing, Shanghai. Thanks Mr Andy Chen (CEO), Mr David Chen (APAC University Program Manager) and Mr Bob Peng (VP, Business Development) for introducing ARM Accelerator’s function, technology focus and regional offices in China, followed by a tour around the incubation space.


Moving on to the second city of our mission, we were very honoured to have held a workshop at the 5th China Jiangsu Conference for International Technology and Commercialization (CITTC), together with workshops from countries all around the world. Local technology companies attended the workshop, followed by 1-2-1 meetings between UK and Chinese companies to discuss about potential R&D collaborations.


To conclude our fruitful mission, we held a workshop at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou. Delegates from Suzhou technology companies attended the workshop and had 1-2-1 meetings with UK delegates.




We received positive feedback and generated promising outcomes from this mission.

UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre Launching Mission, 22nd - 24th Sep 2016

Event Overview

Shanghai is China's business and financial centre and also one of the most innovative cities in the world with sound R&D infrastructure and technology incubation facilities. The City aims to become China's “technological innovation centre with global influence” and strives to increase its innovation capability and effectiveness of its science policy. UK expertise and resources in innovation not only adds value to Shanghai's public services in supporting international innovation but also provides technology solutions to address China’s development challenges.

ICUK recently won a bid for the FCO Prosperity Fund to support the establishment of the UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre. ICUK in partnership with STIC and British Embassy Beijing organised the first mission to Shanghai and launched the UK-China Innovation Gateway Shanghai Centre at a workshop alongside the Pujiang Innovation Forum on 23rd September 2016. This workshop focused on Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Digital Manufacturing.

Event Activities

6 UK delegates participated in this mission - 2 experts from Innovate UK (Digital Lead and High Value manufacturing Lead), 2 UK technology companies (Thingful and Croft Additive Manufacturing) and representatives from KTN and ICUK.

During a workshop alongside the Pujiang Innovation Forum on 23rd September, a MoU was signed between Queen Mary University of London and STIC. This was witnessed by UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport and Director Zhu from STIC.

During this mission, UK delegates also visited Lingang Software Park on 22nd September and had one-to-one discussions with local companies. This led to the proposal of setting up a trial platform between Lingang Software Park and Innovate UK. ICUK is following up on this and bridging the discussion between the UK and China organisations.



2nd UK-China Innovation Forum on Personalised Medicine, London, 7th & 8th March 2016

Event Overview

The UK is a world leader in personalised medicine, which uses a patient's genetic profile to devise better treatments. Innovate UK has recently established a new Precision Medicine Catapult based in Cambridge and invested up to £1 million into a new Knowledge Transfer Network for Stratified Medicine. Genomic England has also invested £25 million on training programmes to collaborate through Clinical Interpretation Partnership. More recently, world’s largest community genetics study was launched in East London, led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and supported with £4m funding by the Wellcome Trust and MRC.

China's personalised healthcare system has also been developing rapidly. In June 2015, China announced planned investment of £6 billion before 2030 in Precision Medicine Initiative and set prioritised therapeutic areas to target between 2016 and 2020 which includes cardiovascular and rare disease.

Funded by the BIS Global Partnership Fund, Innovation China UK at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) together with Genomics England and China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) of China's Ministry of Science and Technology, jointly organised 2nd UK-China Innovation Forum on Personalised Medicine event in London on 7-8th March 2016.

Event Activities

The two-day forum brought together over 60 UK and Chinese companies and university participants including 14 leading experts from China and the UK in the area of cardiovascular, rare disease, psychiatric disorders and bioinformatics.

The forum was opened by Prof David Sadler, Vice Principal (International) at QMUL, and was followed by Mr Tim Standbrook, Consul Science and Innovation at British Consulates in Shanghai and Mr Keqin Dong, Director of European Affairs of CSTEC, who both addressed the importance of bilateral collaborations in research and development in the area of personalised medicine between the two nations.

Chinese delegates from Beijing Institute of Heart Lung and Blood Vessel Diseases, Shanghai 1st Maternity and Infant Hospital at Tongji University, Beijing Institute of Genomics, West China Hospital at Sichuan University, Soochow University and BGI Europe presented their recent research progress and results in the personalised medicine, giving UK audience an overview of the R&D activities in China. Meanwhile, UK experts also provided a landscape of ongoing R&D in the respective areas of personalised medicine in the UK. This includes talks delivered by Genomics England, QMUL, East London Genes& Health, Healthcare UK, Imperial College London, European Bioinformatics Center, GSK and University College London. The conversation was continued with panel discussion and 1-2-1 partnering session at the end of the first day. On 8th March, the Chinese delegates visited UCL Institute of Child Health, the North Thames genomics Medical Centre and Barts Heart Center and Genomics England.

At the 2nd UK-China Innovation Forum on Personalised Medicine, we have successfully expanded the network from 4 diseases subgroups in Year 1 (cardiovascular, hepatitis C Virus, inflammatory diseases and bioinformatics) to 6 diseases subgroups in Year 2 (cardiovascular, hepatitis C Virus, inflammatory diseases and bioinformatics, rare diseases and psychiatric disorders). The 2nd event brought in rare diseases and psychiatric disorders, and created opportunities for new collaborations between the UK and Chinese partners.

The network has been extended from 17 members of 9 UK experts and 8 Chinese experts in Year 1 to 28 members of 16 UK experts and 12 Chinese experts in Year 2. By bringing in key policymakers and funding bodies as well as top UK and Chinese experts in the field of personalised medicine, the network therefore is served as an effective platform to build sustainable collaborations between the UK and China.

UK-China Smart Material Technology Partnering Events in Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin, 16th - 20th Nov 2015

Event Overview

Smart materials, incorporated into a growing range of products with increasing levels of functionality, have made a great impact in many areas such as health, environment, energy and information technology. The UK is one of the leading innovators in smart materials technologies and is interested in establishing partnerships in China. The UK-China smart material technology partnering mission set out to integrate the complementary expertise of the innovation bases of the two countries to collectively produce smart materials solutions in transport, aerospace, healthcare, building and energy.

Funded by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Strategic Prosperity Fund, UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), KTN Materials and Innovation China UK (ICUK) at Queen Mary University of London jointly organised UK-China Smart Material Technology Partnering events across three cities of Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin, together with local co-organisers on 16-20 November 2015 in China.

Event Activities

In July 2015, ICUK conducted a landscape study on the current progress of smart materials research and utilisation in China to find clusters of activity relevant for the partnering mission. The study outlines the current focus of research and development (R&D) activities, main industries that develop and utilise smart materials and the governmental incentives to support and accelerate smart materials research and innovation. Consequently, three main centres of excellence were identified, named as Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin.

The five-day events organised in three cities brought together nearly 300 Chinese company and university participants to partner with the UK delegation from the University of Bolton, Brunel University of London, Queen Mary University of London, H2GO Ltd, Biomin Technology Ltd and Chromition Ltd. A broad range of UK smart material technologies were presented at the events including biodegradable materials, energy storage materials, photo-luminescent materials, piezoelectric materials and fuel cells.

Tim Stanbrook from the British Consulate in Shanghai delivered welcome speeches at events in Shanghai and Nanjing. He addressed the golden era of UK-China relationship after President Xi recent visit to the UK in 2015, and also provided an introduction to the Science and Innovation Network (SIN) and the role of SIN in fostering international partnerships.

Site visits to local industrial parks and universities were arranged. The delegates visited Shanghai Xinmin National Hi-tech Enterprise Incubator, Shanghai Xinmin Overseas Pioneer Park, Nanjing Jiangdong Software Town, Nanjing Sci-Tech Centres, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology. The delegates were impressed by the scale and speed of science and innovation development in China.

Mr Brian J. McCarthy, KTN Manager in Materials commented that the event successfully created bilateral collaborations in joint research, technology licensing and commercial partnering and well demonstrated knowledge exchanges in the area of smart materials between the two nations.

Mr Colin Crooks, Minister Counsellor, and Mr Richard Homer, Head of Regional City Engagement at British Embassy Beijing joined the event held in Harbin. A welcome reception was held by the Vice-Mayor of Harbin together with Harbin Science and Technology Commission team on the evening of 19th November. Future engagement activities in the science and technology innovation were discussed during the reception. The delegates were also present at the unveiling ceremony of Harbin Sino-UK Advanced Material Joint Research Centre. Mr Colin Crooks emphasised that the network could serve as an efficient and innovative platform to promote the UK-China science and technology cooperation in the area of smart materials.

UK-China Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) for Water Pollution Monitoring and Control

Venue:T-Park, Wuxi &Hotel Gloria, Nanchang University, China
Date:1st and 2nd August 2012& 3rd August 2012

The aim of this split workshop, which has been funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office by the Global Partnership Fund, was to discuss a focused research within the domain of the Internet of Things (IoT) for water pollution monitoring and control between the UK and China and to encourage the development of real and meaningful collaboration that will be internationally leading and economically relevant to the UK and China

IoT can provide the technical solutions for a comprehensive control and monitoring of the water quality in Poyang and Taihu lakes. The outputs can have a massive positive impact by improving the water quality and the flora of the region, in consequence all the animal chain that depends of the lakes can grow significantly, and this includes several endangered species. The life of the people of the lakes’ region can significantly improve and the scientific knowledge and the industrial solutions can be explored in other parts of the globe.

The workshop covered the environmental and social characteristics of both lakes, emphasizing the needs for improvement and the current technologies being used. Experts on environment sciences presented the major facts accompanied by industry developments in IoT especially for the lakes. An overview of the current research projects funded by the Chinese government was presented by the Chinese researchers. The UK team focused in their current research on IoT that can add value to the development being made by the Chinese researchers and industry. After the presentations an open discussion between all participants took place were the research synergies were acknowledged, the next steps drawn with priority actions. This report is the first of the actions agreed.

ICUK holds successful Forum on Advanced Water Technology

Venue:Beijing & Qingdao, China
Date: May 2012

ICUK and Science Innovation Network (SIN) China, together with Bureau of Comprehensive Development (BCD) Ministry of Water Resources, have jointly organised two technology partnering workshops on Advanced Water Technology on 20 - 24 May 2012 in Beijing and Qingdao.

There were around 100 Chinese participants from 60 organizations attended the Beijing partnering workshop. The Director General of BCD (Wang Wenke), and The First Secretary on Science & Innovation of British Embassy in Beijing (Will Hellon) delivered VIP addresses at the Beijing partnering workshop on 21st May, after which General Manager of China Water Investment Co. Ltd (Liu Zhenghong) and Technical Manager of British Water (Ian Bernard) delivered keynote speeches to give overview of water industry in each country. 

After the keynote speeches, BCD and British Water signed a Memorandum of Understanding on future strategic collaborations between these two organisations and their members. The MoU covers collaborations on trade and investment, education and training, joint projects and science and technology.

Next section of the event was UK technology presentation. Each UK participant had 10 minutes to present their technology. To make it easy for the Chinese participants to understand the presentations, all the slides.....more detail

ICUK holds successful Forum on Internet of Things

Venue:Shanghai and Wuxi, China
Date: December 2011

ICUK and Science Innovation Network (SIN) China, together with Shanghai Science & Technology Commissions and Wuxi Science & Technology Bureau, have jointly organised two technology partnering workshops on Internet of Things (IoT) on 5 - 9 December 2011 in Shanghai and Wuxi.

ICUK started event planning from September 2011 – partnering workshop flyers have been sent to many UK institutes and companies through a wide network including AURIL, TSB ESP KTN and UKTI. ICUK also widely disseminated event info within HEIs that has strong R&D profiles in this sector. ICUK received in total 31 application forms and selected 16 applications, with which we had detailed discussions with Shanghai and Wuxi governments for identifying local R&D, licensing and distribution partners.

Shanghai Technology Exchange Centre and Wuxi Science & Technology Bureau have undertaken local partnering separately in the two cities. ICUK staffs have also spent considerable effort in facilitating communication between technology owners and potential Chinese partners. Finally, we invited 12 projects to participate the partnering workshop.

All UK participants have expressed that the IoT mission has provided them important opportunities in understanding the Chinese market and interaction with the potential local partners - targeted partnering exercise is essential for technology-based companies when entering into a new market.....more detail

UK-China Agri-Tech Innovation Forum, Beijing

Venue: Beijing, China
Date: December 2010

ICUK held a successful agri-tech event in Beijing on the 1st and 2nd of December 2010, which included an innovation forum and a partnering event. 11 UK companies and research institutes attended the event, which was organised by ICUK, with the help of Science and Innovation Network funding, and the Beijing Commission and Beijing Technology Exchange and Promotion Centre.

After speeches from David Bacon, the Science and Innovation Consul of the British Consulate General in Beijing and Jiang Danping of the China Rural Technology Development Centre, a signing ceremony took place, where 7 of the UK participants signed MOU’s with influential Chinese companies and research institutes.

The participants presented their technologies to a Chinese audience of over 100 people from various local agri-tech organisations in the morning, then in the afternoon a partnering event was held, where the UK participants each had one-to-one discussions with Chinese companies. Many Chinese companies expressed an interest in future collaborations with the UK participants, both commercially and on research activities.

On the 2nd of December the participants were taken on a visit to several science parks and research institutes around Beijing, including the large-scale Beijing Agriculture city, where they saw the impressive facilities and were able to discuss problems and requirements with Chinese producers.

Partnership and knowledge transfer with China Conference

Venue: London
Date: December 2010

Partnership and knowledge transfer with China was discussed at an event, run by Innovation China UK (ICUK) in collaboration with Queen Mary Innovation Ltd (QMI) on Friday 5 November at Queen Mary University, to assess the experience gained and the lessons learned through ICUK Programme.

The event, which was attended by over 60 delegates from universities across the country, was chaired by Principal Professor Simon Gaskell and Caroline Quest, managing director of QMI. A panel of high profile speakers including Paul Thorning, Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation at the University of Bradford and Dr. Zhao Gang, from the China Academy of Science and Technology for Development led discussions on issues surrounding the commercialisation of technology research in China.

Caroline Quest, Managing Director for QMI, summarised the benefits of the programme and the conclusions made from the day’s discussion:  “ICUK, an off shoot from QMI, is an enabling organisation designed to help business and academia overcome the cultural and regulatory barriers to working with China. This expert support has resulted in over 60 companies and 250 academics collaborating in early stage technology transfer between both countries. The resultant impact of these collaborations has enhanced the international reputation of both Queen Mary and the UK as a leading force in innovation.”


ICUK holds successful Technology Partnering Event in Shanghai

Venue: Shanghai, China
Date: June 2010

ICUK held a successful technology partnering event in Shanghai on the 24th and 25th of June 2010. The ICUK Partnering Event began at 1.30pm with speeches made by Richard Mills, the Science and Innovation Consul of the British Consulate General in Shanghai, Manyi Cristofoli, Executive Director of ICUK and Ms Ruan Xiufan from the Biomedicine Registration Section of the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration. 

Following the speeches, 8 British companies and PIs presented their technologies to a Chinese audience of around 60 people from various local companies. Once the presentations were over, the presenters were able to have one-to-one discussions with Chinese companies interested in their technologies. The discussions centred around the possibility of future collaboration, both commercially and on research activities.

On the 25th the British companies were taken on a visit to the cutting edge Zhang Jiang Science Park in Shanghai, and also visited a contract research company and the Chinese medical device start-up Micro port, where they saw the impressive facilities and got an idea of the scale of the research and development industry in China.

The ICUK Technology Partnering Event allowed UK companies that had never been to China and didn’t know what to expect to get a glimpse of the Chinese market. After being asked lots of questions about their products by the Chinese participants they became aware of the business opportunities that China has to offer, and are now thinking about what they are going to do next to help them break into China.

RVC visit to Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU)

Venue: Wuhan, China
Date: October 2009

In October, ICUK partner, the Royal Veterinary College visited the Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), Wuhan, China for a 2 day Sino-British International Conference on dairy production and disease prevention and control. The aim of the conference was to discuss the ongoing experimental work between HZAU and RVC on cattle fertility and longevity as well as exploring possible future collaborative opportunities between the two parties. The meeting was attended by 160 delegates from Government Agencies, Dairy Associations, Universities and Research Centres from throughout China in addition to the UK party from the RVC. During the visit, it was confirmed that the Ministry of Science and Technology in China have awarded a grant of 1,000,000 yuan RMB (appox £100K) to Professor Shujun Zhang of HZAU to continue the ICUK collaborative project with Prof Wathes from RVC on dairy cow fertility and longevity.

ICT manufacturing, broadband system, Copper Clad Laminate, and equipment manufacturing workshop

Venue: Dongguan, China
Date: October 2009

ICUK held a technology promotion event in Dongguan with the intention of matching UK technology to Dongguan industry. Dongguan has now become the Chinese hub of ICT manufacturing, broadband system, Copper Clad Laminate, and equipment manufacturing.
Donggaun industry demand is strong in the following fields:

  • Computer and telecommunication equipment manufacturing
  • Environmental protection
  • Paper manufacturing and paper products
  • Food and beverage processing and manufacturing
  • Animation, gaming, creative
  • Logistics and financial software

At the event three commercialisation contracts were signed between three Dongguan companies and three ICUK projects. Read more here.


Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

Venue: Shanghai
Date: October 2009

Shanghai has predominantly strong technology demand in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
The technologies which local industries are seeking include:

  • Medical imaging product/method
  • Medical devices (diagnostic equipment/ methods for liver cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, syphilis, AIDS etc)
  • Diagnostic assay
  • Medical stent/ hearing aids/ pacemaker/ biomesh for curing hernia.
  • OTC medicines
  • Co-operating with TCM companies to identify new compounds

A bio-pharma event organised by Shanghai Science &Technology Commission was held in October. ICUK will be attending this event to promote technologies and companies from the UK.

Building A UK-China Partnership In Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies for Buildings

Venue: Beijing China
Date: September 2009

The forum was jointly organised by ICUK, University of Nottingham (UK), Tsinghua University (China) and China Academy of Building research (China). It aimed to establish a platform for distinguished academia, industrial and governmental personnel from both the UK and China exchanging ideas and networking. International collaborations and technology transfer between the academics and industry in both China and UK was also sought.

The forum began with introducing the current status and practice in sustainable energy and environment technologies for buildings. The latest research and development in this area was discussed and the challenges and opportunities in the processes of development and applications were highlighted.


UK-China Workshop on Freshwater Ecology Research and Environment Monitoring Technology

Venue: Wuhan City, China
Date: May 2009

Initiated by key academics from Queen Mary, University of London, ICUK held a workshop on "Freshwater Ecology Research and Environment Monitoring Technology" in Wuhan, China. This event was led by Queen Mary, University of London, the lead institution of the ICUK programme.

This event was held to promote knowledge transfer between the two countries, with the emphasis on transferring existing knowledge and best practices in the area of freshwater ecology from the UK to China to assist its efforts to improve freshwater environment in China.

Presentations from the event


Sino-EU GP Traditional Chinese Medicine Workshop 

Venue: Beijing, China
Date: 11-13 January 2009

This workshop was organised by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS), Innovation China UK (ICUK) and EU FP7 project – GP TCP Consortium (GP-TCM).

The event was held to bring together experts on TCM from China and the UK and to discuss the huge market potential of TCM and the value of its research. Over 100 TCM experts attended talks addressing the key difficulties, challenges and opportunities for TCM to enter the international market. Among the issues that were recognised was the need for further strengthening China-EU cooperation in TCM by establishing long-term collaborations focusing on key areas where TCM has demonstrated unique curing advantages. The establishment of a Sino-EU TCB cooperation agreement was also proposed to accelerate the progress of joint Sino-EU research partnerships in TCM.

ICUK IP Workshop

Venue: Nanjing, China
Date: 5 November 2008

In order to facilitate further, the UK-China knowledge transfer collaboration, the ICUK organized a small-scale Intellectual Property (IP) workshop for the ICUK project managers and academics that were in Nanjing to attend the 1st Jiangsu International Technology Transfer Conference. The ICUK invited IP specialists from both the UK and China to talk about some key issues in Intellectual Property & technology collaboration in China, IP protection in international science and technology collaboration.

Issues such as major differences between UK and Chinese patent law were highlighted at the workshop as well as the differences between the two countries when pursing infringement actions. However, it was noted that both patent application processes were quite similar. Furthermore, it was emphasised that China had improved its IPR protection in the past decade and western criticisms of the IPR situation were exaggerated.


Commercialisation of Photonics Technologies from Universities

Venue: Shanghai, China
Date: 4 November 2008

The ICUK workshop on “Commercialisation of Photonics Technologies from Universities” took place at the Asia Optical Fibre and Optoelectronic Exposition and Conference (AOE 2008) in Shanghai on Saturday November 4th. The workshop was organised by ICUK in conjunction with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton and Prof. Wei-Ping Huang of MacMaster University Canada , Director of HISENSE Broadband Multimedia Technologies. An audience of over 60 people including invited guests from 20 of China’s top academic and research institutions in the field of photonics attended the event.

Highlights of this workshop included a talk by Prof. David Payne, Director of the ORC about his experience of setting up a cluster of 10 spin-out companies around the ORC in Southampton and establishing a set of “Dos’ and Don’ts” for commercialising outputs from University research. Academics from various Chinese Universities also discussed their experiences in using optoelectronic sensors in mine safety and also technology transfer in Wuhan which is know as the “Optics Valley of China”.
In addition to hosting the workshop ICUK and the ORC organised a highly successful stand for the three days of the trade show. Representatives from SPI Lasers and Stratophase joined those from ICUK and the ORC in showcasing work from the ORC spin-out companies and ICUK, attracting a steady stream of interested parties to what was undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and popular stands in the entire show.


Building a UK-China Partnership in GNSS and Geospatial Sciences

Venue: Wuhan, China
Date: 22 -23 October 2008

This workshop brought together a broad range of top experts from China and UK including senior government officials, industry representatives from leading Chinese surveying and mapping companies and key academics of leading universities/research institutions.

This high profile workshop provided an important platform for UK-China professionals in GNSS and Geospatial Sciences to present and discuss recent developments, strategy, education and applications in the public safety critical areas such as monitoring geo-hazards. Through open debate and discussions, mutual understanding about the opportunities and challenges on the launch of new satellite navigation systems and new signals was achieved.

The workshop has been confirmed as a great success with many potential collaborations being initiated not only between academics themselves but also with industries and between governments


China-UK Forum in Biomedical Innovation

Venue: Guangzhou, China
Date: March 2008


Launch of ICUK

Venue: London
Date: November 2007

Read the press release here.