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Celebrating the French-Chinese scientific cooperation in Beijing

6 April 2017

The third edition of the annual reception in China took place on March 13th, 2017. This large event was designed to gather local scientists working in cooperation with CNRS, through various projects. Organized by the CNRS China Office with the sponsorship of AXA Research Fund, the event gathered more than 100 Chinese scientists developing partnerships with CNRS and French academic institutions, and key opinion leaders in science and business. Attendance came from Beijing and various other places in China, including Shanghai, Kunming, Xiamen, Nankin, Harbin, Jinan or Xian. The ceremony was held in the former Beijing sino-french college, ISHU8, a traditional Chinese mansion, which turned to be a place dedicated to art and creation.

Among the Chinese & French distinguished guests, Nobel Laureate Jules Hoffmann, French Ambassador H.E. Maurice Gourdault-Montagne and 2016 best Chinese economist QIAN Yingyi, as well as many other prominent scientists, attended this event. Jules Hoffmann delivered a testimony focusing on the role of CNRS in his own scientific background as he joined this institution as early as 1964. His speech rose in favor of more cooperation between CNRS and China. The event was noteworthy attended by local industrial leaders from H&B (biotechnologies & cosmetic), Sinopec (oil&gas) and French companies Pierre Fabre and Vidon.

CNRS plays a key role in the scientific cooperation between France and China, as up to 73% of the Sino-French co-publications originated from CNRS-affiliated laboratories. With research and development budgets growing even faster than the economy, and Chinese R&D expenditures exceeding 2% of GDP since 2014, China has also become a premier location for scientific collaboration. CNRS is carrying out approximatively 100 joint projects in China, including 18 international associated laboratories, 1 international joint research units with Solvay Corporation and 6 international research networks.

The CNRS China Office supports the CNRS in adjusting its scientific collaborative policies with China, and assists individual researchers or laboratories in the development of partnerships, including negotiating with Chinese institutions, formalizing bilateral agreements, and finding Chinese sources for co-financing. The CNRS China Office also contributes to promote the CNRS activities and joint projects through various channels, including the “le CNRS en Chine” (“CNRS in China”), a quarterly magazine aiming at enhancing the scientific “hands on” work carried out by CNRS researchers with their Chinese colleagues.