Programme

EU-KNOC Conference 2021 23rd September 2021,
09:00 – 13:00 CET

EU-KNOC Conference 2021 24th September 2021,
09:00 – 13:00 CET

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and technical check

Participants can join the virtual conference 30 min prior, in order to check the technicalities

EU-KNOC Conference 2021 – Day 1

Overall Moderation: Nienke Buisman, Head of Unit for International Cooperation with Asia, Africa, Middle-East, and External Relations (DG RTD.F2), European Commission

9:00 – 9:10

TOP I: Keynote Speech

  • Welcoming words by Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
09:10 - 09:25

TOP II: Presentation on the EU-KNOC Initiative

  • Martina Hartl, Chair of SFIC and Deputy Head of Unit International Research Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research, Austria
09:25 - 10:10

TOP III: Presentation of EU-KNOC Studies

Opportunities and challenges for EU-China STI collaboration emanating from the ‘14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25)’ and the ‘2021-2035 National Medium- and Long-term Science and Technology Development Plan’

  • Speaker: Ingrid d’Hooghe, Senior Research Associate, Clingendael (30 min)
  • Q&A (15 min)
10:10 - 10:20

Short Break

10:20 - 11:20

TOP III: Presentation on EU-KNOC Studies

China’s specific regulatory framework on data and how it impacts EU-China R&I collaboration

  • Speaker: Niels Kaffenberger, Senior Scientific Officer, DLR Project Management Agency (15 min)
  • Q&A (15 min)

Development of an online review process: Cooperation opportunities and risks with Chinese partners

  • Speaker: Jaap van Etten, CEO and Co-Founder, Datenna (15 min)
  • Q&A (15 min)
11:20 - 11:35

Short Break

11:35 - 12:35

TOP IV: Voice of European Science: Risk Assessment of International Cooperation – Panel Discussion

Short Introduction on the process to develop the Study on areas of cooperation/non-cooperation (10 min)
Speaker:

  • Melanie dos Santos Mendes, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Ludwig Stroink, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam

Moderator:

  • Gaia Airulo, Policy Officer for Science, Technology, and Innovation cooperation with China (DG RTD.F2), European Commission

Panel:

  • Fabien Laurençon, French Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Outi Luova, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Turku
  • Antonio Molina, Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics
  • Tommy Shih, Swedish National China Center Statements and Moderated Discussion (50 min)
12:35 - 12:50

TOP V: Conclusion and Outlook on Day 2 of the Conference by Nienke Buisman,

Head of Unit for International Cooperation with Asia, Africa, Middle-East, and External Relations (DG RTD.F2), European Commission

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and technical check

Participants can join the virtual conference 30 min prior, in order to check the technicalities

EU-KNOC Conference 2021 – Day 2

Overall Moderation: Gianandrea Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona, Policy Officer for Science, Technology, and Innovation cooperation with China (DG RTD.F2), European Commission

9:00 – 9:30

TOP I: Impact of EU-KNOC – Key Recommendations in SFIC opinion

Presentation on the key recommendations of EU-KNOC presented in the SFIC opinion paper to ERAC (30 min)

  • Speaker: Martina Hartl, Chair of SFIC, Deputy Head of Unit for International Research Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research, Austria, Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Vice Chair of SFIC, Senior Ministerial Adviser at Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
9:30 – 10:45

TOP II: Tour de Table of EU-MS

Country representatives have 3 minutes each to comment on the key recommendations and give statements
on the following questions

  • What are your main take-aways from the last 15 months (e.g. main benefits, use of recommendations)?
  • What are your key expectations for the future of EU-KNOC ?
10:45 - 10:55

Short Break

10:55 - 11:40

TOP III: Meet your expert – Coffee Tables

Participants will have the possibility to discuss future EU-KNOC structure, methods and topics in-depth with EU-KNOC China experts in six groups (45 min).
Coffee Table:

  • with Mario Esteban (UAM/Elcano) on China’s Global STI Ambitions
  • with Ingrid d’Hooghe (Clingendael) on University cooperation with China and Chinese Interference in European Research
  • with Agatha Kratz (Rhodium) on Areas of Cooperation and Non-Cooperation
  • with Alessio Petino (EU SME Centre) on Research Cooperation with China in the Industrial Sector (with focus on SMEs, Start-ups)
  • with Sylvia Schwaag Serger (Lund University) on R&I Value Chain Dependencies on China
  • with John Seaman (IFRI, ETNC) on Network of Networks and Knowledge Upgrade on China
11:45 - 12:00

Short Break

12:00 - 12:30

TOP IV: Presentation of the Coffee Table Outcomes by Experts

12:30 - 12:45

TOP V: Outlook and Next Steps by Maria Cristina Russo,

Director for the Global Approach & International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (DG RTD.F), European Commission