There are many excellent reasons for European researchers to work to China , and conditions are improving all the time as a result of the accelerated development of the country’s science and innovation landscape to support its rapid economic growth. Following the 1978 Open Door Policy, Chinese government policies have been aimed at ‘rejuvenating the nation with science, technology and innovation’, to build up ‘an indigenous innovation capability’ and more recently to turn China into an ‘innovation-orientated nation’ .

This has resulted in some massive, and well-publicised, financial investments in the country’s research programmes and infrastructure in recent decades. One of the outcomes of this drive has been to encourage international cooperation in terms of both researcher mobility and increased investment in the size and number of joint Sino-foreign research projects, and there are some excellent opportunities for international researchers at all levels.