EC-China S&T Co-operation Review
4 February 2009, posted by Hannah Pawson
The Review of the Science and Technology (S&T) Co-operation between the European Community (EC) and the Government of the People's Republic of China is now available.
The review of research co-operation between the EC and China comes at a time when the EC S&T Agreement with China is due to be renewed for a further 5 years. The review is also important in the context of the desire in Directorate General for Research to co-operate more strategically, with the publication of the Communication on a European Framework for international co-operation in S&T. The authors of the report recommend extending the EC-China S&T Agreement for another 5 years (starting December 2009) and provide recommendations on how best to enhance future S&T co-operation.
The report highlights the co-operation successes achieved as a result of the S&T Agreement and the regular summits and dialogues. However it also highlights a need to move from a science-driven towards a science-and-policy driven EC-China co-operation in S&T.
Figures from the report show the involvement of Chinese partners in EU projects increased from 154 participations in FP5 to 392 participations in FP6. After the first year of FP7, there are already more than 100 Chinese participations. The research areas covered by Chinese participation have also broadened over successive framework programmes.
Key recommendations of the report are:
*Increasing awareness and information on the S&T Agreement outside the Steering Committee.
*Mobility of researchers from China to Europe has developed very well. However, the mobility of researchers from Europe to China is not at all satisfactory and no progress can be seen in the reviewed period. The new 'Science and Technology Fellowship (STF) Programme' in China launched by the Delegation of the European Commission in China is most welcome and should be carefully monitored.
*Opportunities for Chinese participation in the European Technology Platforms and the Joint Technology Initiatives should be explored.
*Adequate resources should be made available to the EC S&T counsellor in China for providing the first access point and gateway for user-friendly information for Chinese partners on possibilities for S&T co-operation with the EU.
*Member States to consider establishing a European S&T House in Beijing supported by the Member States' S&T counsellors and embassies in China.
For further information, the report is available at: