The H2020 project EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation has been officially kicked-off in a meeting in Putian City, China on 19 March and a Launching Event in Brussels on 28 March. The project, coordinated by Annemie Wyckmans from NTNU, brings together twelve European and Chinese consortium partners from research, business and R&I funding dealing with sustainable urbanisation.

For JPI Urban Europe, the project will play an important role in supporting its international outreach activities to China. In this regard, we expect that the project will provide recommendations and suggestions on thematic and strategic orientation as well as on funding instruments for our further cooperation with Chinese actors and will help to mobilise researchers and urban stakeholders for joint projects and exchange.

The expected key impact of URBAN-EU-CHINA is to develop a robust, evidence-driven approach to support sustainable urbanisation. This will be accomplished via coordinated series of actions such as brokerage events for city-industry-science cooperation or nursery of collaborative projects. JPI Urban Europe’s Strategic Research and Innovation agenda will be used in the project as a central document to support identifying R&I priorities and to develop a thematic roadmap for Sino-European cooperation.

The kick-off meeting took place in Putian, Fujian Province, China on 19 March back to back to the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development. This was followed by the URBAN-EU-CHINA Launch Event in Brussels on 28 March 2017 . Representatives of the European Commission celebrated with the project team and related stakeholders the start of this ambitious and important project.

We will be covering relevant activities of the Urban-EU-China project in future JPI Urban Europe newsletters, including opportunities to contribute and join the events and workshops. Furthermore, to keep updated on the future activities, events and work of the Urban-EU-China project please subscribe to the URBAN-EU-CHINA newsletter here.

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