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Minister praises 'golden era' of UK-China science and tech partnership

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China's Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang with Professor Yike Guo in the Data Science Institute

Minister Wang Zhigang with Professor Yike Guo in the Data Science Institute

China's Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang visited Imperial, the UK's number one research collaborator with China, this week.

The visit, hosted by Imperial’s Provost Professor Ian Walmsley, showcased Imperial’s deep ties with China as well as the College’s research strengths, international collaborations, and industry partnerships.

Provost Ian Walmsley and Minister Wang Zhigang

Minister Wang Zhigang said that he was delighted to learn that Imperial had “established solid collaborations” with its Chinese partners, and that the College is seeking to deepen and strengthen them.

Provost Ian Walmsley and Minister Wang Zhigang

During the discussion, which took place in Imperial’s Data Science Institute four years after a visit from China’s President Xi Jinping, Professor Walmsley introduced Mr Wang to the College’s academic strategy and how it is furthering the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

Minister Wang with Imperial academics

Praising the College’s world-leading reputation in STEM, Minister Wang, a former scientific researcher, said that the UK and China can do even more together in science and technology, noting opportunities in artificial intelligence, brain sciences and the fourth industrial revolution. He sees STEM collaboration as central to what China’s President calls a “golden era” of UK-China partnership.

Minister Wang at Imperial

The Minister took a close interest in Imperial’s global lead in synthetic biology, in conversation with Dr Geoff Baldwin and Professor Guy-Bart Stan, Directors of the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology. The UK’s first national centre for synthetic biology, it seeks to exploring and enhancing the engineering potential of biology. Research from the centre is directly contributing to the growth of the UK’s bioeconomy, which is set to double to £440bn by 2030.

The Minister learned about UK-China vaccine collaborations

Professor Paul Freemont gave an introduction into SynbiCITE the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for the commercialisation and translation of synthetic biology based at Imperial. Professor Freemont is co-director of SynbiCITE, along with Professor Dick Kitney. Biomedical engineer Professor Anthony Bull tackled a common UK-China grand challenge: healthy ageing.

Professor Paul Freemont on SynbiCITE

Professor Yike Guo, Director of the Data Science Institute, led demonstrations on Imperial’s work to advance research in medicine, air pollution and smart cities.

Professor Tim Green with the Minister

Among the drivers of Imperial’s 900+ collaborative research publications with China is the Imperial-Tsinghua Centre on Intelligent Power and Energy Systems, which Professor Tim Green explained to the Minister.

Professor Jianguo Lin discussed research with AVIC

Minister Wang learned about Imperial’s research connections with Chinese industry, before meeting a group of entrepreneurial students from the UK, China and around the world.

The Minister met Imperial student entrepreneurs

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