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UK-China Partnership Workshop in Thermoelectric for Clean Energy, Xi?an (5th ? 7th November 2018)

The 2018 Sino-UK symposium on Advanced Materials and Structures & UK-China Partnership Forum in Thermoelectrics for clean energy took place on 5-7th November in Xi?an. The symposium and forum were funded by the UK Science and Innovation network and co-organised by the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Innovation China UK (ICUK, Queen Mary University of London), and Xi?an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base. The event provided a unique forum where leading scientists from China, and the United Kingdom shared their knowledge in the field of thermoelectrics, additive manufacturing and advanced materials. Understanding has been achieved on innovative development and research directions.

Opening Session

In his opening speech, NPU Vice Principal Prof. Weihong Zhang cordially welcomed stakeholders and experts from the UK and China. He spoke highly of the collaboration between NPU and QMUL on engineering, advanced materials, and international education. He announced that further joint programmes for MSc (Master of Science) and PhD student training have been agreed upon. He believes that these activities have proved that the collaboration in education and research between NPU and QMUL is long term, systematic and sustainable. The First Secretary and Head of Science and Innovation at the British Embassy Beijing, Mr. Alasdair Hamilton, brought up a detailed interpretation on UK-China Science and Innovation Policies & Funding opportunities, which is greatly appreciated by scientists and experts from the UK and China. The Deputy Director of Xi?an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base (XNCAIB), Mr. Lei Li, introduced the Base and expressed its interest in providing support and bridging the joint UK-China programmes. The Base was the very first industrial park that showcased the novel merging of military and civil industry and the only Economy and Technology Exploration Zone based on aerospace technology.

Technical Sessions

In a closed door meeting, the Vice President of NPU, Prof. Weihong Zhang, and the First Secretary, Head of Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Alasdair Hamilton and representatives of NPU and QMUL held a friendly and open discussion on UK policies and the possibilities of innovative collaboration facilitated by the mutual and beneficial understanding gained from the close collaboration between the UK and China.

During the Forum, over 20 scholars presented their views and research progress in thermoelectrics and advanced materials. UK partners include QMUL, Chester University and Loughborough University. Chinese partners include NPU, Xi?an Jiaotong University, Huazhong Science and Technology University, Huazhong University, Lanzhou University, Central South University, Henan Polytech University, and Xi?an National Civil Industrial Base.



EU-China Biomaterials and Biopharma Partnering Workshop, Shanghai (22nd ? 25th October 2018)

Queen Mary Innovation (QMI), Shanghai Technology Innovation Center (SHTIC) and the Italian Research Council (CNR) are coordinating an EU-China Biomaterials and Biopharma Partnering Workshop in Shanghai on 23 rd October and organising various incubators and biomedical companies site visits on 22nd and 24th October. The partnering workshop will consist of four technology presentations from QMI and five technology presentations from CNR, with local Chinese companies and academics attending the workshop.



Monday, 22nd October

PM    Opening Ceremony of the 21st International Workshop on Business Incubation (IBI)

Tuesday, 23rd October

AM   Visit Shanghai Centre for Biomedicine Development (including medical devices)


PM   EU-China Partnering event in Biomaterials and Biopharma at Yan Xi Tang

Wednesday, 24th October

AM    RISE consortium internal catch-up meeting


PM     Training course ? Corporate Innovation in China (Trainer: Wei Zhou, Founder of XNode)

Thursday, 25th October

Full day Training courses: US-China Startup Synergies, How to help Israeli companies achieve results, European Tech and Innovation Ecosystems, Australia Technology Innovation Case Study

Technology Transfer Training Workshop for the Horizon 2020 RISE project, London (19th & 20th March 2018)

Queen Mary Innovation Ltd, one of the MSCA-RISE-2017 project partner recently delivered a 2-days technology transfer workshop in London, inviting partners from Shanghai Technology Innovation Center, Italian Research Council and Medprin Regenerative Medical Technologies Co., Ltd.

The 2-days technology transfer workshop was held at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus and Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre in Whitechapel. On day 1, 19th March 2018, the workshop started at 10am and finished at 12pm in the morning. The afternoon session started at 1:30pm and finished at 3:45pm. Day 2, 20th March 2018 started at 10am with a brief introduction of Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre given by the Executive Manager, followed by a tour around the laboratory facilities. The training workshop started at 11:10am and finished at 2pm. Topics discussed at the workshop can be found in the agenda below:

Day 1 ? Monday 19th March


Location:  Scape 0.12, Mile End Campus


Meet at QMUL main reception - Queen?s Building, 327 Mile End Road, E1 4NS

10:00 ? 10:30

Creating value from IP - ownership, benefit sharing and patenting strategy

Dr Graeme Brown, Managing Director, QMI

10:30 ? 10:50

From innovation to product ? Assessing technology readiness level (TRLs)

Dr. Charlie Ellis, Business Development Manager (Science & Engineering)

10:50 ?11:00

Tea break

11:00 ? 11:45

Introduction to IP and key points on Confidential Agreement

Miss Paula Alessandro, Legal Manager, QMI

11:45 ? 12:00

General discussions



Working lunch provided by QMI. Short tour of Queen Mary University of London.



Location: Laws 1.00, Mile End Campus

13:30 ? 14:00

Technology due diligence at University Technology Transfer Office

Dr Beatrice Lana, Commercialisation Executive, QMI

14:00 ? 14:30

Technology licensing

Dr David Phillips, Senior Commercialisation Manager, QMI

14:30 ? 14:40

Tea break

14:40 ? 15:10

To spin or not to spin-out?

Dr Michele Hill-Perkins, Head of Technology Transfer (BioPharma),QMI

15:10 ? 15:30

Spin-out case study ? Biomin (via video link)

Mr Richard Whatley, CEO, Biomin Technologies Ltd.

15:30 ? 15:45

General discussions



Day 2 ? Tuesday 20th March

Location: QM BioEnterprises Innovation Centre, Whitechapel

10:00 ? 11:00

Visit to QM Bioenterprises (technology incubator) at Whitechapel Campus

Dr. Ramsay Richmond, Executive Manager, Queen Mary BioEnterprises

11:10 ? 11:50

Landscape review of technology transfer in China

Ms Cathy Zheng, Deputy Director of Exchange & Cooperation Department, Shanghai Technology Innovation Centre (SHTIC)

11:50 ? 12:20

UK-China technology commercialisation

Mrs Manyi Cristofoli, Director, ICUK

12:20 ? 12:50

UK/Chinese academia-industry collaboration on translational research

Dr Xuanye Gu, Senior Business Development Manager, ICUK

12:50 ? 13:05

General Discussion

   13:05 ? 14:00

Sandwich Lunch provided by QMI


End of Workshop

Free time ? Participants are welcome to mark your own arrangements

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