On May 15th 2017, about thirty experts and policy makers in climate change research from Europe and China met in the Zijingang campus of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou for the ´Climate Change Expert Workshop´ which was organised by the DRAGON-STAR Plus project. The event was focusing on foresight scenarios, in order to develop a shared understanding on common short-term EU-China challenges as well as to make long term recommendations on future EU-China Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation in climate change.
One important mission of the ´Climate Change Expert Workshop´ was to promote the dialogue between Chinese STI policy makers and European Joint Programming Initiatives active in climate change issues, i.e. JPI WATER, JPI Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE), JPI OCEAN, JPI CLIMATE and JPI Urban Europe.
Whereas China is more focusing on specific technology areas, Europe has a more general approach in climate change research. Sino-European research clusters, industry and policy-makers should increase the exchange of first-hand information allowing for a more strategic approach for policy making. Main suggestion for policy-makers was to open the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation Cooperation between the EU and MoST for joint STI projects out of H2020.
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