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To Promote the Green Innovation and Inclusive Development

—— the 6th Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum


Nov. 3-4, the 6th Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum with the theme Green Innovation and Inclusive Development was held online, hosted by Technology and Management Centre for Development, University of Oxford (TMCD) together with Surrey Centre for Innovation and Commercialization (SCIC), University of Surrey, Sino-UK Innovation Policy and Management Research Network (IPRN), and was co-organized with the Institutes of Science and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASISD), the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED), the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the HSBC Financial Research Institute at Peking University (HFRI), and supported by Tencent.

In the opening session, Sir James McDonald, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, emphasized the importance of engineering technology and innovation in the global green development, and called for attention to the economic and social challenges posed by climate change.

ZHANG Yaping, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), pointed out in the opening speech that Chinese and British research institutions have signed a series of cooperation agreements, mainly in the fields of automotive, semiconductor, new energy and other natural sciences, and the research cooperation between the two countries in interdisciplinary and think tanks could be further strengthened.

PAN Jiaofeng, CASISD President, said that CASISD always attaches great importance to the research on digital innovation and inclusive development, in the opening speech of the IDMODEL China High Level conference with the theme of Digital Innovation and Inclusive Development. The research groups of CASISD in the related fields have been studying intensively the connotation, fundamental types and key characteristics of digital innovation theory, and the basic path and mechanism of digital innovation driving high quality development of industry, and eventually proposed suggestions on ensuring an inclusive institutional environment to tackle the challenges in the development. He commented that these studies have contributed to the development of digital innovation and promotion of inclusive development.

Daniel Brooker, China Director of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), suggested that in the face of global challenges, the UKRI has been committed to research on business innovation and has identified many opportunities to fund excellent academic projects, and thus promoting innovation in academic research both domestic and broad.

The forum attracted more than 100 scholars, entrepreneurs and policy makers from research institutions, universities, government departments and business organizations in China and the UK, including Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Development Research Center of the State Council, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Tencent Center for Internet & society, Oxford University, Imperial College London, University of Surrey, China-Britain Business Council, etc.

FU Xiaolan, Director of TMCD, University of Oxford, gave a summary of the forum and thanked the participants for their insightful and inspiring contributions.

The China-UK Innovation and Development Forum has been held for five consecutive years and has become an important platform for promoting exchanges in science and technology innovation and cooperation between China and the UK and it is an important window for all sectors to understand the policy developments in China and the UK.