New Sino-Dutch Research Call on Agriculture and Food

New joint research projects and seminars between China and the Netherlands will be funded under the second phase of the Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP). After a three year pilot, the second phase of JSTP was launched earlier this year during a festive reception in Beijing which was opened by Mr. Halbe Zijlstra, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands. The second phase will allow another three joint research calls in different annual themes.

For the 2011-2012 Call, Dutch and Chinese research groups are invited to submit proposals for joint projects related to the research topic ‘Agriculture & Food: How to Feed the World?’. Alongside this thematic Call, a joint Call for Proposals for Dialogue Seminars is also launched which is open to all disciplines. This Call will fund joint scientific seminars aimed at networking and identifying future research topics for China and the Netherlands.

The annual budget for the JSTP Calls is €1.6 mln on the Dutch side and will be matched by the Chinese counterparts.

The JSTP is jointly facilitated by the following Chinese and Dutch government and research authorities:
─ the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)
─ the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
─ the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
─ the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MoST)
─ the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MoE)
─ the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
─ the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

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Innovation Platform – Holland gets Talent

Earlier this year the BenCham Shanghai (Mariska Kiewiet de Jonge), Philips (Frans Greidanus), Frans van Gunsteren and NOST (Jaap van Etten) sat together to discuss a possible new recurring event for people working in the Shanghai area with a focus on R&D. From this discussion the BenCham Innovation Platform was born. Several events already took place, normally starting with a visit to the event hosting company, followed by a discussion on a R&D related topic. Last Tuesday another Innovation Platform event took place, this time with a small twist: the screening of VPRO’s Tegenlicht documentary ’Holland gets Talent’ was used as a kick-off for the discussion.Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Peter Potman gave an opening speech and together with NOST, participated in the discussion on attracting talent for universities and industry.

Opening ceremony TU Delft Beijing Research Center

November 21st was the day of the opening of the TU Delft Beijing Research Center. NOST was represented by counselor for Science & Technology Jan Reint Smit and Science Attaché David Pho. The opening was an important milestone in the international exposure of TU Delft and strongly intensifies the already long standing relations between TU Delft and Chinese academia and industry.

Preceding to the opening by Professor Rob Fastenau, dean of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of TU Delft, the director of the Institute of Semiconductors Prof. Jinmin Li appointed Professor Kees Beenakker and Professor Kouchi Zhang of TU Delft as guest professors.

The Beijing Research Center (BRC) is a Beijing-based research branch of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The Centre will engage mainly in research on Solid State Lighting, a highly energy-efficient technology that will be playing an ever-greater role in the coming decades.

BRC is located in one of the new buildings of the Institute of Semiconductors of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). It is closely cooperating with this institute.

After the official opening of TUD Beijing Research Center (BRC) on 21st November 2011, a joint evening party was organized, with participation of TUD students from sunrise study tour, TUD-BRC staff, IOS students and staff, and staff from Chinese SSL Alliance (CSA).

Shenzhen Eco-City Project kicks off with expert meeting

The Shenzhen municipal government has the ambition to develop the Longgang district in a world leading eco-city. TU Delft, TNO and several other dutch companies and institutes cooperated together with Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate school to come up with an eco-city master plan.

The main goal of the project is to develop a new city covering 250 square km. The purpose is to set-up a Sino-Dutch cooperation framework for the joint development of a ‘low-carbon zone’ in Shenzhen with the involvement of the Dutch government as well as companies and research institutes.

This weekend an expert meeting will be held in Shenzhen. Participants are Dutch and Chinese experts and policymakers with knowledge of the different subjects relevant for the development of the eco-city. Besides experts and policymakers, Dutch and Chinese companies will also attend the expert meeting.

The scale&scope of cooperation possibilities with Shenzhen will be discussed. Topics which will be discussed are: Urban Planning, Energy, Infrastructure, Mobility/Transport, Knowledge Infrastructures and Governance.

This expert meeting is only the beginning of a major project to develop a Shenzhen eco-city. The cooperation offers enormous opportunities for Dutch knowledge institutes and companies to bring new concepts, innovations and developments.

NOST China will coordinate this expert meeting. Han Wesseling, our Science & Technology officer in Guangzhou, is fully involved in the expert meeting. Mr. Wesseling will attend the meeting together with Jan Reint Smit, our Counselor for Science & Technology.

Bill Gates envisions nuclear future for China

This wednesday Bill Gates visited the Ministry of Science & Technology to have a meeting with vice-minister Zhang Laiwu about the nuclear future of China.
Bill Gates confirmed on Wednesday that a company he helped found is cooperating on the development of a new type of nuclear reactor in China.
TerraPower is working on what we call Generation-4 nuclear energy. And the idea is to be very low-cost, very safe and generate very little waste,” Gates said at a news conference after he discussed cooperation with Ministry of Science and Technology officials in Beijing on Wednesday.

TerraPower, co-founded by Gates several years ago, is working on the idea of new technologies with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), though Gates said adoption of the technology will not happen quickly.