This DRAGON-STAR event, organised by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) of MoST, and with the support of the European Commission, was held at Brussels on 28 April 2015. The Forum’s over 100 participants included a large Chinese delegation, and a broad range of stakeholders from both sides ranging from policy makers and researchers to industrial and business actors.

The event was opened by DRAGON-STAR’s coordinator (Mr Epaminondas Christofilopoulos), and the high level representatives from the European Commission and China (Mr Costas Glinos and Mr XING Jijun), that highlighted the joint efforts for deepening the bilateral cooperation, especially as this year it is the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the EU and China, first established on 6th May 1975.

The Forum included successful examples of cooperation initiatives, testimonials of successful FP7 projects with important Chinese participation, selected opportunities for enhancing future R&I cooperation, and a dedicated panel discussion on sustainable urbanization. Moreover, the Forum included the award ceremony of DRAGON-STAR’s innovation award, which was granted to selected bilateral teams for the excellent cooperation and substantial technological outputs.

The different presentations and discussions illustrated the potential for further enriching the EU-China cooperation in research and innovation towards addressing our common societal challenges and improving the competiveness for European and Chinese enterprises


Check out the presentations, participants list and photos!



Session 1: EU-China R&I cooperation: from FP7 to Horizon 2020

Overall China-EU R&I relations
European Commission: Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit, Strategy, EFTA and enlargement countries, Russia Asia and Pacific’, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission

China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center, XING Jijun, Deputy Director General, China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) / MoST

Examples of successful cooperation initiatives
1. EU-China Aviation cooperation

2. EU-China initiative on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (FAB)


Session 2: Success Stories of EU-China R&I Cooperation

Testimonials from projects on results, impacts and future cooperation


 Session 3: Promoting excellence in EU-China cooperation


 Session 4: Perspectives for future cooperation: the challenge of Sustainable Urbanization

The European Perspective:  JPI Urban Europe, Susanne MEYER, Innovation Directorate Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport

The Chinese Perspective: NDRC, WU Weihai, Executive Director, International Collaboration Center, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

 EU Member States – China cooperation on Sustainable Urbanization: SFIC initiative and bilateral good practices

VITO project on air quality, Lisa Blyth Project Co-ordinator, Atmospheric Modelling Team (BE)

Beautiful Beijing, Hiltunen Matti, Tekes (FI)

EU Call on Urban MobilityDG MOVE, Henriette Van Eijl, Policy Officer, Unit Research and Innovative Transport Systems, EC, DG MOVE

 Case Studies on Sustainable Urbanisation in China and EU

Dragon Star Innovation Award Ceremony