UK and China have celebrated 40 years of scientific partnerships by announcing new joint programmes and funding.
UK Research and Innovation announced two joint programmes with the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Amongst the new announcements was £8 million and 36 million RMB which will be used to fund research hub that will tackle antimicrobial resistance.
A delegation of senior Chinese officials came to London to take part in the 9th biennial UK-China Joint Commission on Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.
They discussed how the UK-China Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation was progressing since being signed last year. The strategy led to the development of the Flagship Challenge Programme which focuses on agricultural technology.
Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said: “Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are making the most of our international partnerships around the world.
“I look forward to the breakthroughs we uncover together with China in the future as we continue building ties between our countries and supporting our innovative economies.”
Agri-tech cooperation will be built on even further through the UKRI funding of 9 new research projects worth £16 million. These projects will attempt to address Chinese agricultural challenges such as smart systems to manage poultry farms.
Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI chief executive, said: “Building on strong foundations of our work in China over the past decade supported by our UKRI China office, these programmes will continue to catalyse the individual strengths of the UK and China to bring mutual benefits and achieve global impact.”
Science collaboration between the two countries is mostly focused on four areas: agri-tech, clean energy, digital economy, life sciences, space, future manufacturing and future cities.
It’s not all serious though, this year saw British and Chinese students being brought together in summer schools to work on space science and visit astronaut training centres.