press release
Published: 01 November 2021

Surrey to co-host high-profile Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum

The University of Surrey is to co-host the high-profile Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum. The Forum will bring together leaders from industry, government and academia from the UK and China to discuss ways the two countries can use evidence-based research to address the grand challenges of our time.  

Speakers at this year's event include: Sir James McDonald, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Yaping Zhang, Vice-President, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Andrew Seaton, CEO of The China-Britain Business Council; Daniel Brooker, China Director, UKRI; Xiaolan Fu, Director of TMCD, Oxford University; Zhijian Hu, President, China Academy of Science and Technology for Development; Jiaofeng Pan, Director General of CAS Institute of Sciences for Development; Jietang Tian and Xiheng Jiang from Development Research Centre of the State Council; and many more. A complete list of speakers can be found here.   

Now in its sixth year, the virtual event will be held 3rd and 4th November from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm UK time. To register, please visit the Forum's Eventbrite page. 

This year's Forum is co-hosted by the Surrey Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation, together with the Oxford Technology and Management Centre for Development at the Oxford Department of International Development, the Sino-UK Innovation Policy and Management Research Network. 

The Forum is co-organized with the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institutes of Science and Development, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Technology for Development of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the China Britain Business Council and HSBC Business School, Peking University, and supported by Tencent. 

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, and a speaker at the Forum, said: 

"We are excited to co-host this highly influential event, and we hope it will inspire debate and highlight new areas where our two nations can collaborate and innovate to help make our planet safer and our people more prosperous." 

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