Chinese and Nordic Research Stakeholders Discuss Cooperation

On 17-19 September 2007 more than a hundred Nordic and Chinese scientists and decision-makers met in Lund to discuss research strategies and future Nordic-Asiatic research co-operation. The conference was organised by Lund University with support from NordForsk and the Swedish Research Council.
 Chinese and Nordic Research Stakeholders Discuss Cooperation
A delegation of 50 persons from The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) participated in the conference together with Nordic scientists, university leaders, research councils, and representatives from the industry and the political communities in the Nordic region. Keynote speakers were, among others, The General Secretary of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Halldór Ásgrímsson, and NordForsk director Liisa Hakamies-Blomqvist.

Tuesday 17 September the Director General of The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Inge Mærkedal, hosted a meeting between the Nordic research councils and CAS, where future co-operation between the Nordic and Asiatic parties were discussed.

CAS-Nordic Forum 2007
CAS-Nordic Forum 2007 is a follow-up to the first CAS-Nordic Forum which was organized in Beijing in April 2006 by CAS.

Göran Bexell, University Rector at Lund University, initiated a Nordic follow-up for scientists working within the scientific fields that were singled out as priority areas at the 2006 meeting:
- Life sciences
- Nano-science
- Information technology
- Environmental science
- Synchrotron light science and accelerator physics

These actions illustrate the great mutual interest in developing research collaboration between China and the Nordic region.

Successful University Co-operation
The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Halldór Ásgrímsson, made a speech which paid great attention to the Chinese-Nordic exchange between universities. The Nordic Centre Fudan in Shanghai was mentioned as a successful co-operation between the University of Fudan and more than twenty universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

The General Secretary also stressed that it was important for the Nordic countries to continue their successful cooperation, concentrating their efforts on research and innovation.

Halldór Ásgrímsson also pointed out that the Nordic Council of Ministers and its institutions are working energetically to meet the challenges of globalisation. The Nordic Prime Ministers took a positive attitude to this work at a summer meeting in June 2007. The globalisation work includes not least the establishment of Nordic innovation centres in Asia.

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