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RSE delegation in China

Posted 02/12/2014

Leading figures from Scottish academia and business travel to China today (2 December 2014) as part of an RSE led delegation to promote Scotland’s Innovation Centres. They will also explore opportunities for the two nations to collaborate on research projects that could support mutual economic growth and innovation.

Three of Scotland’s new Innovation Centres – the Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, Stratified Medicine Scotland, and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre – are represented in the delegation, along with Fellows of the RSE and individuals from Scottish business organisations.

Meetings will take place with high level figures from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. These meetings arise from the RSE being the only National Academy in the UK to have formal active relations with all four leading Chinese institutions.

Scottish Funding  Council (SFC) has played a crucial part in the establishment of Scotland’s eight Innovation Centres by providing £120 million of investment. These institutions are expected to be instrumental in the development of new business solutions in Scotland, stimulating industrial progress and delivering social benefits through wider economic impacts.

The most recent issue of the RSE publication, Science Scotland, is a special issue on the Innovation Centres. This issue has also been translated into Chinese.

The present visit is to follow up previous visits by the RSE to China. It is expected that reciprocal visits will take place in the near future.

SFC supports the RSE's international programme which contributes to the wider objectives of Connected Scotland. 

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