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Bilateral STI Activities between Europe and China

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China-Italy : Bilateral program on


Sustainable Development and
Environmental Management
European Partner China Partner
Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and MOST - Ministry of Science and Technology,
Sea (IMELS), Venice International University MEP - Ministry of Environmental Protection,
(VIU), Italy BMEPB - Beijing Municipal Environmental
Protection Bureau, SEPB - Shanghai Municipal
Environmental Protection Bureau, TSTC -
Tianjin Science and Technology Committee,
NDRC - National Development and Reform
Commission
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
University Innovation Funding Agencies
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Beijing

Type of Activity : Bilateral programmes

Project Duration : 2003 - until now

Focus
The focus of the program is to train Chinese Policy makers on Sustainable Development and
Environmental Management, Knowledge exchange, technology transfer, Environmental innovation in
terms of policy and technologies and promotion of bilateral cooperation in STI

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The activity is a capacity building program, including very important aspects and exchange of
experiences between Italy and China. The mutual interaction is therefore a key aspect of the project.
The involvement of different Italian experts coming from academia, public and private sector is
central for the success of the project with China. Site-visits to Italian enterprises is a winning asset in
the Program. Wide offer in terms of topics covered in the different training sessions and lectures
(referred to a variety of issues on Sustainable Development) and flexibility to answer to Chinese

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needs (in terms of different environmental emergencies, different Chinese participants etc.) is one of
the reasons of the long duration of this training program

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Listen to the Chinese needs and methodologies (site-visits, empirical approach not theoretical);
cultural experience in Italy is part of the technical capacity building.

Website
http://www.univiu.org/research-training/research-ten/capacity-building/sino-italian-training-on-
sustainable-development

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China-Finland : China-Finland Ecological


Valley
European Partner China Partner
Finland Paloheimo Ecological City Design Co., Ltd Mentougou District
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Innovation SMEs Other
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Finland Beijing

Type of Activity : Others

Project Duration : 2010 - not available

Focus
The activity aims to the construction of an ecological city

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 Emphasize on innovation and technology demonstration
 Secure financial guarantees and attract local and foreign money
 Develop related rules and criteria for each aspect
 Establish strong communication and cooperation among partners

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 Find out how to cooperate and what works out
 Pay attention to finance innovation
 Pay attention to industry development

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China-Israel : International Center for


Research traning in Agriculture
European Partner China Partner
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chinese-Israeli International Center for
Research & Traning in Agriculture
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Innovation Funding Agencies Innovation Funding Agencies
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Israel Hainan

Type of Activity : Research project,Joint research centres

Project Duration : 1993 - until now

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 It is important to have support from government
 Define clearly the workflow
 Establish regular communication between each partner

Website
http://www2003.cau.edu.cn/ciicta/website/index.php?version=zh&sort=index

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China-Switzerland : cooperation in the


field of materials science
European Partner China Partner
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of
University of Bern Sciences
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
University Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Switzerland Beijing

Type of Activity : Research project

Project Duration : 2005 - until now

Focus
Chemistry multifunctional materials and molecular electronics

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I am a research fellow at University of Bern. We have established a successful collaboration with CAS
for many years. We have participated in the Sino-Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation since
2012. The best experience we had was that both Swiss and Chinese partners were funded for a PhD
student position, each for three years. My overall experience is very positive and we have no conflicts
with our partner in collaboration.

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1. I would advice that young researchers focus on the bilateral programmes with China from different
Swiss funding organisations, if you are interested in collaborating with China.

2. A private cooperation, e.g. doing some measurements for each other, is also very important to
maintain the personal relationship between the partners.

3. How to build / start such collaboration? Conferences in your research area are a good platform to
get to know people and further to establish a network. Get in contact with researchers working on

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the complementary subjects in your research field is a great start for a successful and fruitful
collaboration.

Website
http://decurtins.dcb.unibe.ch/pages/base3.html

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China-Portugal : Joint Innovation Center


on Advanced Materials
European Partner China Partner
University of Coimbra, IST, INL, University of Zhejiang University
Averio, Biocant, Cenimat, INEB
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Portugal Zhejiang

Type of Activity : Joint research centres

Project Duration : 2013 - until now

Focus
The Portugal-China Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Materials is set up by the two countries
jointly. Funding of relevant activities are supported by the cooperation projects under the budget of
both govements. Funding could also be obtained through other means, including State foundations,
international projects, supports from local governments and communities, etc.

The centre will establish four innovation platforms: Biomedical Materials and Devices,
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, Energy Materials and Environment-conscious Materials. Based
on existing well-organized key institutes, the centre will be open to related enterprises and institutes
in both Portugal and China and support the target-oriented research partners. The centre, grounded
on University Sci-park, Sci-Tech City, High-tech Park, Incubator, will also launch target-oriented co-
operative demo research projects and the industrialization of research findings to build its special
transfer and transformation platform with “Productivity + Entrepreneurship + Talents + Capital”.

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Under the framework of Portugal-China Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Materials, INEB,
Portugal and Biomacro, China has developed further cooperation in biomedical field. Joint researches
on cardiovascular biomaterials, biomaterials and regenerative therapies were conducted by both
sides and joint thesises were published in international refereed journals.

Moreover, to strengthen R&D activities and technology transfer, as well as the market uptake of
innovations in the field of advanced materials, the Center called for joint project proposals in 2013

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and 2016, supporting PT-CN join research projects in biomedical materials, nanotechnology and
nanomaterials, sustainable materials and materials for energy.

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The Portugal-China Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Materials is based on the long-term
cooperation in the field of advanced materials between Portuguese research partners (University of
Porto, Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, University of Averio, etc.) and Chinese research partners
(Zhejiang University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc.). The cooperation in biomedical materials,
energy and eco-materials, nanotechnology and nanomaterials and other fields has led to highly
productive results. The innovation and accumulation of these cooperative achievements have also
laid a solid foundation for further promotion of the transfer and industrialization of these
technologies.

China is keen to advance its technology level and adopt cutting-edge technology from other parts in
the world. It is important to identify the target cooperation field and topics which you are strong in
and can engage interest of Chinese R&D organizations. It is the base to start a concrete and
productive cooperation with China.

Website
http://cn-pt-advmater.zju.edu.cn/

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China-Netherlands : Sino-Dutch Centre for


Preventive and Personalized Medicine
European Partner China Partner
Joint Research Center Netherlands Metabolomics Center & Leiden
University
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Netherlands Liaoning

Type of Activity : Joint research centres

Project Duration : 2010 – 2010

Focus
The integration of Chinese and Western medicine strategies, philosophies and practices leads to
innovative systems approaches in health care. The two strategies are highly complementary as the
reductionist aspects of Western medicine are favorable in acute disease situations and the holistic
aspects of Chinese medicine offer more opportunities in chronic conditions and for prevention. The
systems biology investigations of the Sino-Dutch Centre suggest that traditional Chinese methods for
subtyping in the diagnosis of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis, can be of use in deciding
the course of treatment for patients in modern (Western) medicine.

Testimony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R77nAkCHeJI

Website
http://www.sinodutchcentre.nl/

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China-Italy : Executive Programme of


Scientific and Technological Cooperation
between the Government of the Italian
Republic and the Government of the
People’s Republic of China for the years
2013-2015
European Partner China Partner
Italy – Universita’ di Pisa School of Pharmaceutical Sciences –Sun Yat-Sen
University
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
University University
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Guangdong

Type of Activity : Bilateral programmes

Project Duration : 2013 - 2015

Focus
Development of Novel Multi-target drug candidates against Alzheimer’s Disease (drug design and
discovery field)

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Positive Factors: Interdisciplinary research and rotation of researchers
Negative Factors: It was difficult to plan other future cooperation agreements.

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I think that a good cooperation with Chinese group could be very helpful in this field of research
focusing on new molecules as neuroprotective agents. My recent research is focusing on new drugs

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starting from “nature-scaffold” and China is the first place in the world in which plants have been
widely used to treat many diseases. Starting from this know-how, I think a good cooperation with
pharmacological groups able to screen the compounds synthesised by us could be helpful to develop
new cutting-edge therapies for neurodegenerative diseases

Testimony
We submitted several papers and a CN patent arguing on Alzheimer’s disease. Now we are working
on other two manuscript to be published

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China-Italy : Smart PMS: Smart Personal


Mobility Systems for Human Disabilities in
Future Smart Cities
European Partner China Partner
University of Calabria Wuhan University of Technology
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Hubei

Type of Activity : Research project

Project Duration : 2013 – 2015

Focus
ICT-The increase of average lifetime expectancy worldwide, along with the need for more
independency of disabled people, is posing urgent demand for novel and more effective personal
mobility systems within urban environments. The goal of the proposed project is to develop a smart
personal mobility system (SmartPMS), based on a smart wheelchair fully integrated with the smart
city, which provides support for elderly and disabled users in moving across the city safely and
independently. SmartPMS will provide path planning based on multiple transportation modes, active
safety, and real-time health status monitoring. Secondly, SmartPMS will include a full-fledged
distributed information system supporting and managing the smart wheelchairs circulating in the city
through cloud computing-based information sharing and distributed environmental sensing systems.

Website
http://iotlab.dimes.unical.it/index.html

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China-Italy : Optimized bioconversion of


crude glycerol into hydrogen and ethanol
using Geo-Chip and coupling with MEC
European Partner China Partner
ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Harbin Institute of Technology
technologies, Energy and Sustainable
Development)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Heilongjiang

Type of Activity : Bilateral programmes

Project Duration : 2013 – 2015

Focus
Second generation biofuels and Biorefineries

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This project followed a previous collaboration I had with the Harbin Institute of Technology, through
the “EU Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China” (2009-2011). So there was a good
collaboration among the partners and a good mutual understanding. I also had a language and
intercultural training organised by the EU delegation to China and Mongolia, together with the Beijing
Foreign Studies University, and spent 2 years at HIT. So this helped better understanding specific
needs/situation. The mutual trust we have developed after several years’ collaboration was also very
important, of course.

As for the staff exchange, there was an administrative problem we were not able to solve. Apparently
there was a misunderstanding about the duration of the project between China and Italy, and so,
while the Italian partner was expected to work from 2013-2015, the Chinese partner could only start
the last year, which made the collaboration more complicated and did not facilitate the exchange of
staff among the two institutions.

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However, thanks to the good collaboration established since 2009, we were still able to obtain some
interesting research results.

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In my understanding it is not difficult to find institutions that are interested in international
collaboration. However it is important to find out a partner that is highly interested in the same
field/application and that has shown a strong commitment to the topic. It is also helpful to bear in
mind that China is very target-oriented. So a good idea might also be to check what are the strategic
research goals in China, since highest attention will be dedicated to them.

Website
http://www.esteri.it/mae/doc_politica_estera/cultura/cooperscientificatecnologica/
programmi%20esecutivi/pe_italia_cina_2013_2015.pdf

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China-Greece : Opening the gates of the


Forbidden City
European Partner China Partner
FORTH / Institute of Electronic Structure and The Palace Museum of the Forbidden City
Laser
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Other
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Greece Beijing

Type of Activity : Joint lab

Project Duration : 2015 – 2017

Focus
1. Establish direct links between FORTH/IESL and PM on equipment application, especially
cooperation on conservation of stone heritage and laser cleaning technical training.

2. Perform cooperative applied research focused on specific analytical, diagnostic and conservation
challenges and promote the use of new technology.

3. Establish a joint research laboratory in the field of cultural heritage (analysis, diagnosis,
conservation). Develop new research directions, disseminate and jointly exploit joint research results.

4. Establish exchange of staff and information, organize symposia, conferences, short courses and
meetings on related research topics. Jointly write and publish papers containing information on
jointly developed research results.

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The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology-
Hellas is a research institute established in 1983 in Crete, focusing on both fundamental and applied
research in the fields of material science, light-matter interactions and photonic technologies. The
institute is among the leading centres worldwide for research and development of innovative laser
and optical technologies for the diagnostics and conservation of works of arts and antiquities.
FORTH/PRAXI Network utilised its network connections in China and managed through the China

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Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) to establish communications with the Palace
Museum.

PRAXI Network representatives visited the Palace Museum and met with officials from its
Conservation Department. Following the meeting, a number of preparatory activities took place to
organise and facilitate the visit of the Palace Museum delegation in Greece. A Chinese delegation led
by Prof. Song Jirong, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, finally visited Greece on 6-8 June 2015.
The Chinese delegation expressed a strong interest in acquiring custom-made equipment and training
services from IESL, as well as in establishing a joint research laboratory that would focus on the
specific analytical needs, diagnostics and maintenance of the Chinese Heritage monuments.

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Reaching an agreement between sides is not a always a straight forward process. Even when there is
high pay-off potential for both sides, specific knowledge on the Chinese regulatory framework, the
cooperation particularities, and the cultural differences are necessary. Strong investment is required
for building mutual trust, and a lot of patience for the time necessary to mature the agreement.
Having a local trust worthy partner is always valuable if not obligatory.

Website
http://www.greeknewsagenda.gr/index.php/component/content/article?id=5746:greek-laser-for-
art-and-antiquities-conservation

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China-France : Sino-European Laboratory


of Informatics, Automation and Applied
Mathematics
European Partner China Partner
National Institute for Research in Computer Institute of Automation of the Chinese
Science and Control Academy of Sciences
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
France Beijing

Type of Activity : Joint lab

Project Duration : 1997 – 2016

Focus
Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics

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Staff exchange and frequent communication are important

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Common interest is important and staff exchange, it is better for Chinese to go to Europe to work for
one year or two year, and it is more better to European partners can come to China to work to know
Chinese S&T&I environment and market.

Website
http://liama.ia.ac.cn/

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China-Belgium : Projects under FWO-


MoST bilateral funding program
European Partner China Partner
University Antwerpen Dalian University of Technology
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Belgium Liaoning

Type of Activity : Research project

Project Duration : 2011 – 2016

Focus
The focus of the project was on plasma chemistry

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My collaboration with Chinese researchers started five years ago, when a Chinese PostDoc applied for
a position in my group, followed by another PostDoc. Then we initiated to apply for joint project
under the call of FWO-MoST bilateral funding program and received funding for two double-
doctorate PhD students. One month ago, we applied for another project under a new call in the same
programme, and we are still waiting for the out-come. The third type of collaboration with China is
currently hosting a Chinese Marie-Curie-fellow in my group. My overall experience is very positive.
The cooperation on the institutional level is normally quite smooth. The communication with the
professors is efficient. On postdoc and PhD students level, sometimes language could be a problem.

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While the communication with the Chinese partners was smooth, the initiative was mainly taken by
myself. The individual researcher is the key to build new collaboration/network.

Website
http://www.fwo.be/en/researchers-in-the-spotlight/researchers-in-the-picture/annemie-
bogaerts/

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China-Netherlands : University of Twente


and South China Normal University
(SCNU) Joint Lab
European Partner China Partner
University of Twente South China Normal University (SCNU)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Netherlands Guangdong

Type of Activity : Joint lab

Project Duration : 2016 – 2016

Focus
UT and SCNU will exchange knowledge, new and existing technologies and students and plan to set
up a double degree for doctoral candidates. The University of Twente plans to contribute to a pre-
Master’s programme in Nanotechnology and Chemistry at SCNU, after which students can be
admitted to a Master’s in Nanotechnology at the University of Twente.

Website
https://www.utwente.nl/en/news/!/2016/4/501107/joint-lab-agreement-with-south-china-
normal-university

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China-Albania : Joint projects and


exchange
European Partner China Partner
Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT) Tianjin University of Finance and Economy
(TUFE)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Albania Tianjin

Type of Activity : Bilateral programmes

Project Duration : 2015 - until now

Focus
Memorandum of Understanding between both institutions was signed on February 2015. The
collaboration in education and research focuses on:

 Common research projects


 Joint seminars, forums and conferences
 Joint publications
 Exchange visits of academic staff and students
 Opportunities to carry out M Sc and PhD studies

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Website
https://www.sites.google.com/a/ubt.edu.al/rssb/tufe

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China-Netherlands : Sino-Dutch Centre for


Preventive and Personalized Medicine
European Partner China Partner
Netherlands Metabolomics Center & Leiden Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese
University Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Netherlands Liaoning

Type of Activity : Joint research centres

Project Duration : 2010 - until now

Focus
The integration of Chinese and Western medicine strategies, philosophies and practices leads to
innovative systems approaches in health care. The two strategies are highly complementary as the
reductionist aspects of Western medicine are favorable in acute disease situations and the holistic
aspects of Chinese medicine offer more opportunities in chronic conditions and for prevention. The
systems biology investigations of the Sino-Dutch Centre suggest that traditional Chinese methods for
subtyping in the diagnosis of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis, can be of use in deciding
the course of treatment for patients in modern (Western) medicine.

Website
http://www.sinodutchcentre.nl/

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China-Italy : Smart Personal Mobility


Systems for Human Disabilities in Future
Smart Cities
European Partner China Partner
The Italian National Research Council - Research Chinese Academy of Sciences - Institute of
Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (CNR- Mountain Hazards & Environment (CAS-IMHE)
IRPJ)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Hubei

Type of Activity : Research project

Project Duration : 2013 - until now

Focus
ICT-The increase of average lifetime expectancy worldwide, along with the need for more
independency of disabled people, is posing urgent demand for novel and more effective personal
mobility systems within urban environments. The goal of the proposed project is to develop a smart
personal mobility system (SmartPMS), based on a smart wheelchair fully integrated with the smart
city, which provides support for elderly and disabled users in moving across the city safely and
independently. SmartPMS will provide path planning based on multiple transportation modes, active
safety, and real-time health status monitoring. Secondly, SmartPMS will include a full-fledged
distributed information system supporting and managing the smart wheelchairs circulating in the city
through cloud computing-based information sharing and distributed environmental sensing systems.

Website
http://www.irpi.cnr.it/collaborazioni/cas-imhe/

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China-Italy : Sino–Italian Joint Laboratory


on Mountain Hazards
European Partner China Partner
The Italian National Research Council - Research Chinese Academy of Sciences - Institute of
Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (CNR- Mountain Hazards & Environment (CAS-IMHE)
IRPJ)
Type of European Partner Type of China Partner
Research Institute Research Institute
Country of European Partner Province of China Partner
Italy Sichuan

Type of Activity : Joint lab

Project Duration : 2003 – 2016

Focus
The joint laboratory aims to supply an academic cooperation platform for Chinese and Italian
scientists, to improve the joint research activities on mountain hazards and to transfer the main
achievements to the society in order to increase the public awareness and build a more resilient
National Community. The joint laboratory focus on research on the triggering, development, and
deposition mechanisms, mitigation technologies, monitoring and early warning systems, risk analysis
and management of mountain hazards including landslides, debris flows and flash floods etc. Their
project also aims to improve the education of young scientists and students from the two countries,
including projects like researchers exchange, short-term training and post-graduate cultivating. The
joint-lab also organizes training courses, summer schools, seminars and tutoring activity for graduate
and post graduate students of China and Italy. They are also in charge to organize bilateral scientific
and technological conferences or hold seminars, workshops, group meetings for academic
communication, knowledge sharing, results dissemination and to publish scientific achievements.

Website
http://www.irpi.cnr.it/collaborazioni/cas-imhe/

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