Sino-Nordic Innovation Research Workshop held in Beijing

The Sino-Nordic Innovation Research Workshop co-organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) was held November 29-30 in Beijing.

Experts from Chinese Ministry of Science Technology, Chinese Academy for Science and Technology Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, the Research Council of Norway, Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) and Science Counsellors from the Embassy of Denmark, Finland and Sweden participated in the 2-day seminar.

The Research Council of Norway played a key role in mobilizing experts from the Nordic countries.

The purpose of the workshop is to allow experts from China and the Nordic countries to share their insights in innovation policy in the context of globalization. Experts from China and the Nordic countries introduced their country-specific innovation policies and systems, discussed about the challenges they are facing and shared their experiences and insights in how to coordinate the complex innovation system to make it work more effectively.

Chinese experts found this workshop very beneficial since it enhanced their understanding about Nordic countries’ innovation policies and systems. Through introductions from Chinese experts, Nordic experts were impressed by the development China has made in S&T advancement and by the systematic and practical approaches China has adopted in making its innovation policy.

The 2-day workshop ended with great success and promising follow-up activities. Experts from both sides formed into groups to work on a short note on the potential research topics. On basis of the outcomes of the workshop and those notes, a program for the future cooperation will be developed.

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