Start yourself up in Hong Kong!


Invest Hong Kong, the Hong Kong government’s investment agency has launched the StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2013 and is inviting worldwide entrepreneurial applicants to submit proposals to partake in this programme.

12 Successful finalist entrepreneurs will be invited to attend a four-day programme in Hong Kong from 4-7 December.

The target group are young companies which have generated some revenue and are considering to expand into global markets by setting up in Hong Kong. The Venture Programme welcomes proposals from around the world, all sectors, both product and service providers, profit and non-profit.

Deadline for application is on or before 26 August 2013. More information at

Hong Kong takes Asian lead in Global Innovation Index

Hong Kong has taken 1st place among Asian economies (and 7th worldwide) in this year’s Global Innovation Index (GGI). The Netherlands ranks 4th worldwide, up from last year’s 6th position. Mainland China is found further down the list, at 35 (or 8 in Asia), one lower than 2012 and six lower compared with 2011.

Excerpt from the 2013 Global Innovation Index report (Source:

Excerpt from the 2013 Global Innovation Index report (Source:

The GGI is released yearly by Cornell University, INSEAD and and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It provides a benchmark of the innovation capability of 142 global economies by measuring so-called innovation inputs (e.g. regulatory environment, education, investment, knowledge workers) and outputs (e.g. knowledge creation, impact and diffusion) for economies around the world.

Hong Kong’s no. 1 position derives from high marks on the input side for Infrastructure and Market sophistication (including Credit and Investment) as well as Business sophistication. Hong Kong scores generally lower on outputs, with the exception of Creative outputs. Its weaknesses lie in Human capital and research inputs and Knowledge and technology outputs. Patent Cooperation Treaty and national office resident patent applications were also listed as concerns.

With The Netherlands it’s the other way around, scoring high on outputs (2nd place) and lower on inputs (10th place)

Read the full GGI report here. More on the methodology here. More on Hong Kong’s ranking here.

Call for Contributions Workshop in Beijing on e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences 2013

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The EU-funded CHAIN-REDS Project is organising a workshop on “e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences” focusing on Cloud Computing and Data Repositories in Beijing from October 17-22, 2013. This will be done under the aegis of the European Commission and in co-location with the International Conference on e-Science (IEEE) 2013.

The international workshop organised by IHEP, INFN and Sigma Orionis will aim at:

  • Presenting the state of the art of Cloud computing in Europe and in China and discussing the opportunities offered by having interoperable and federated e-Infrastructures;
  • Exploring the existing initiatives of Data infrastructures in Europe and China, and highlighting the Data repositories of interest for the virtual research communities in several domains such as health, agriculture, climate, etc.

During the conference, keynote speakers will present their vision of Cloud computing and Data repositories in Europe and China. Already confirmed keynote speakers include Fabrizio Gagliardi (chair of ACM Europe Council) on cloud computing, as well as Professor Baoping Yan (CNIC/CAS) and Peter Wittenburg (Max Planck Institute Society) on Data repositories.

Organisers welcome presentations related to the above mentioned topics. Submissions have to be written in English and commercial presentations will be automatically rejected. Papers must be submitted electronically before July 21, 2013.

The CHAIN-REDS Project aims to support and disseminate the best practices currently adopted in Europe and other continents, and to promote and facilitate interoperability among different regional e-Infrastructures. CHAIN-REDS gathers the main stakeholders of regional e-Infrastructures, collectively engaged in studying and defining a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow VRCs, research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e. computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications).

For further information about the call and the conference, please contact:

Giuseppe Andronico, INFN,

Gang Chen, IHEP,

Serena Belligoli, Sigma Orionis,


First Call for Applications for the Dragon-STAR Travel Grant Scheme

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The EU-funded Dragon-STAR project has launched a new Travel Grant Scheme to support European organizations to investigate the Chinese market and identify suitable partners for technological and/or research collaboration with China. The Scheme will consist of two components:

  1. Individual Vouchers: cover part of the traveling expenses of European organizations to visit Chinese counterparts to discuss technological and/or research collaboration and agreements.
  2. Participation in Brokerage Events (BEs) and/or Missions: covers traveling expenses of European organizations to visit an international fair in China and/or participate in a Brokerage Event with Chinese counterparts and discuss potential collaborations.

The first call is open from the 31st of May until the 31st of July 2013. It supports representatives from organizations from the EU Member States and China to meet their counterparts. Joint project proposals in the following areas, as defined by the HORIZON 2020 calls, are eligible:

Industrial Leadership:

  • ICT
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
  • Space

Societal Challenges:

  • Health, Demographic Change and Well-being
  • Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine research, Bio Economy
  • Secure, Clean, and Efficient Energy
  • Smart, Green, and Integrated Transport
  • Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw materials
  • Inclusive Innovative and Secure Societies

SFIC group areas:

  1. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green technology
  2. Urbanization, dislocation, and smart cities
  3. Research in health, public health and welfare policies
  4. ICT

The project ‘Dragon – Sustaining Technology And Research’ (Dragon-STAR ) is funded by the European Commission, under FP7 for Research and Technological Development – International Co-operation. The project aims at supporting the bilateral dialogue and collaboration between EU and China.

Please visit Dragon-STAR website for more details about the new scheme.


NWO and European Partners Announce Research Programme with NFSC on Green Economy and Population Change

After the preparatory workshops on Green Economy (Amsterdam) and Population Change (Shanghai), NWO preannounced a new multi-lateral research programme with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) on two basic societal challenges: Green Economy and Understanding Population Change.

This unique multilateral collaboration with China is a joint effort of the research funding organisations of, France (ANR), Germany (DFG), The Netherlands (NWO) and the United Kingdom (ESRC). The call will be officially launched early September and will be administered by the UK partner ESRC.

All proposals should involve leading researchers from at least two different participating European countries and at least two universities or institutions from China. Applications should address one or more of the following priority areas in a coherent programme of innovative research.

Green Economy:

  • The ‘greenness and dynamics of economies’
  • Institutions, policies and planning for a green economy
  • The green economy in cities and metropolitan areas
  • Consumer behaviour and lifestyles in a green economy

Understanding Population Change:

  • Changing Life Course
  • Urbanisation & Migration
  • Labour Markets and Social Security Dynamics
  • Methodology, Modelling & Forecasting
  • Care Provision
  • Comparative Policy Learning

The expected closing date of the call will be in December 2013. For more details about the Dutch participation in the programme, please visit the NWO website or contact Marcus van Leeuwen from NWO: e-mail:, phone: + 3170 3440 931