"Connecting today is a dialogue."


Aim of the Event

ENRICH is a global network of centers and hubs that promotes the internationalization of European science, technology and innovation (STI). Promoted by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, the ENRICH network currently offers services to connect European research, technology and business organizations with China.

ERICENA is the European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China. It will connect and support European researchers, entrepreneurs, and businesses in the Chinese market. A practice that we are doing as well in the UCIP project. As such, attending this event was highly relevant.

Activities of the Event

The purpose of the large launch event was to create visibility for the ERICENA / ENRICH project. The activities included a set of presentations to introduce the services and practices of the project.

Results of the Event

It has become clear that a wide range of organizations and projects are trying to match European partners to Chinese partners, and the other way around. This project tries to diversify by focusing on research and innovation. However, currently the project in ran on Horizon 2020 funding. Soon, an independent entity will be created and pricing will be introduced for the services and facilities. The question is raised whether academic will be open to paying for such services.

In any case, the information (on Chinese context, organization, practices, and so on) provided on this event is highly relevant to take into account in the UCIP project. Also, the ERICENA project allows to leverage some of the contacts in China for the VUB technologies, and researchers looking for a Chinese counterpart.

Pictures from the event can be found here.