Start yourself up in Hong Kong!

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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 …

Hong Kong takes Asian lead in Global Innovation Index

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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 …

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: …

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: Individual Vouchers: cover part of the traveling expenses of European organizations to visit Chinese counterparts to discuss technological and/or research collaboration and …

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

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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 …

How to keep a (trade) secret in China

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This week the China IPR SME Helpdesk organised two workshops, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, on using trade secrets to protect intellectual property (IP). Trade secrets can be a viable alternative to the use of patents, with their own specific set of benefits. You do however need to know how to keep a trade secret…a secret. Ms. Beata Suwala, IP expert …

CNY 1.12 trillion: total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry

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According to the statistics from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry reached CNY 1.12 trillion. The figure is 18.5 percent higher than in 2011, but actually in 2011 the year-on-year was even higher: 23 percent. The income of 848 businesses monitored by the ministry increased 20 percent year-on-year to 794.2 billion yuan in 2012, …

New Education Plan: 10 billion RMB investment in 100 local universities in Midwest China

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The Ministry of Education, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance of China jointly issued a new Midwest Higher Education Revitalization Plan (2012-2020) on May 22, 2013. The website of the Ministry of Education indicated that the Plan aims to achieve that in 2020 Higher Education in Midwest China will become more comprehensive and significantly improve …

DSM wins Human Nutrition Innovation Award

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DSM China Ltd. has won the first ‘Nutrition Innovation Gold Award’ issued by the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS). This award is granted to DSM in recognition of its outstanding contribution to nutritional science by constantly enhancing and improving human nutrition and the strong support it offers to the academic community in product development and applications. DSM was also acknowledged for …

Dutch royal coin in orbit around earth!

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At 12:13PM (Chinese time) today Dutch company ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) launched three CubeSats along with a very special payload into orbit on a Chinese Long March 2D launch vehicle. The three small satellites were launched in a launch adapter developed by ISIS, called ISIPOD. The ISIPOD “piggybacked” on the launch of a Chinese high resolution earth observation satellite, …