Officially opened by Professor Stephen Decent, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Forum provided a rare opportunity for Lancaster University academics, PhD students and visiting scholars/students to learn more about the various funding opportunities for research on/with/in China and academic mobility between the UK and China, and to present China-related research in a friendly environment during the afternoon sessions.
In the morning session, high-level speakers, such as Ms Andrea Strelcova, Country Representative of EURAXESS Links in China and Mr Benjamin Sharman, Policy Manager, International Strategy Team, Economic and Social Research Council shared the latest trends on research cooperation and funding opportunities from the EU, UK and China with Forum participants. Mr Andrew Taylor, Senior Editor of Routledge gave a refreshing overview on academic publishing and valuable advice on how to best approach publishers. The Director of Confucius Institute, Professor Wei Shen also took this chance to promote the new funding from Confucius China Studies Programme (CCSP) and encouraged Lancaster University researchers to apply for one of the schemes in partnership with Confucius Institute.
After the networking lunch, Lancaster-based scholars and students held a truly interdisciplinary China Symposium, with a great variety of topics including engineering, environmental sciences, health and medicine, business/management, politics and international relations. The Symposium offered a timely platform to showcase the often scattered research expertise on China, and foster future collaborative projects.
Based on the extremely positive responses from the participants of the Forum, Confucius Institute is committed to making it a regular event to facilitate Lancaster University’s academic and research cooperation with China and stimulate more joint projects, mobility and publications.