News (11th March 2020): Considering the COVID-19 outbreak in China and in the UK, the ABCP Standing Management Committee has decided to postpone the ABCP 2020 Annual Conference to be held n 30th and 31st October, 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our participants.

ABCP 2020, the 2nd ABCP Annual Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham on 30th (Friday) and 31st (Saturday) October 2020. It will be the largest and most inclusive activity of ABCP members and collaborators from different sectors including academia, research funders, industry, government and other sectors to meet and discuss UK-China collaborations in research, education, innovation and culture exchanges. ABCP 2020 is themed “Promotion of collaboration between China and the UK for developing joint research projects”. The Conference is open to all, including ABCP members, non-ABCP academics (Chinese and non-Chinese) and people from non-academic sectors such as industry and the public sector. We are also welcome early career researchers especially postdocs and graduating PhD students to attend.

Venue: Bramall Music Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK (Google Maps)
Dates: 30 & 31 October, 2020

Online Registration

The online registration is now open. The registration fees and links for registering for attending the Conference are given below. The early registration deadline is currently set to be 30th May 2020 (extended due to the postponed conference dates). The registration fees will be doubled for both categories after the early registration deadline (if there are still seats).

Registration Type Registration Fee Registration Page
Regular £100
Reduced (ABCP Full and Associate Members) £50 Read this guidance to find out

Speakers and Special Guests

The following people have confirmed attendance as speakers or special guests (being re-confirmed due to the rescheduled dates of the Conference caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK):

Programme (Tentative)

Day 0 – 29th October 2020

  • Evening: Pre-conference dinner

Day 1 – 30th October 2020

  • Morning: Open ceremony, invited keynote talks and panel discussions
  • Afternoon: UK-China HEI Presidents Forum for presidents and vice presidents of HEIs (higher education institutions) in the UK and from China to share views on how HEIs in both countries can work more closely with each other
  • Evening: Conference banquet

Day 2 – 31st October 2020

Parallel sessions split into four thematic tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, and Medicine. If you are interested in presenting your research or contributing to any of the above tracks, please contact the corresponding Track Chair:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Prof Yaochu Jin (金耀初教授), University of Surrey
    • Topics: Machine learning; cognitive robotics; brain science; applications of AI; interdisciplinary aspects of AI (e.g., AI ethics)
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), University of Leicester
    • Topics: Advanced manufacturing; digital manufacturing; additive manufacturing; engineering materials
  • Energy: Prof Xiao-Ping Zhang (张小平教授), University of Birmingham
    • Topics: Renewable energy; nuclear energy; energy storage; multi-energy carrier energy systems; smart energy systems/smart grids
  • Medicine: Prof Daqing Ma (马大青教授), Imperial College London
    • Topics: Biology; basic medical science research; translational medical research; health/ageing; cognitive science


We welcome industrial sponsors to provide financial and technical support for the event. Please contact Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), ABCP Vice-President for Industrial Liaison & Fund Raising, for more details.


We will run an exhibition in parallel with the Conference’s main programme, and welcome HEIs (higher education institutions) in China and the UK, companies and other organisations to be exhibitors. Please contact Prof Shujun Li (李树钧教授), ABCP Vice-President for Internal Communications & Public Relations, for more details.

Organising Committee

General Chair

Prof Hongming Xu (徐宏明教授), ABCP Vice-President for Policy & Membership, University of Birmingham

Organising Committee

Prof Jianguo Lin FREng MAE (林建国院士), ABCP President, Imperial College London (General Co-Chair)
Prof Yi-Ke Guo FREng MAE (郭毅可院士), ABCP Vice-President for International Academic Affairs, Imperial College London (Chair for HEI Forum)
Prof Daqing Ma (马大青教授), ABCP Vice-President & General Secretary, Imperial College London (Track Chair for Medicine on Day 2)
Prof Jihong Wang (王吉红教授), ABCP Vice-President for Finance, University of Warwick (Finance Chair)
Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), ABCP Vice-President for Industrial Liaison & Fund Raising, University of Leicester (Sponsorships Chair; Track Chair for Advanced Manufacturing on Day 2)
Prof Shujun Li (李树钧教授), ABCP Vice-President for Internal Communications & Public Relations, University of Kent (Exhibition Chair)
Prof Yulong Ding (丁玉龙教授), University of Birmingham (Local Arrangement Chair)
Prof Yaochu Jin (金耀初教授), University of Surrey (Track Chair for Artificial Intelligence on Day 2)
Prof Xiao-Ping Zhang (张小平教授), University of Birmingham (Track Chair for Energy on Day 2)
Prof KK Cheng (郑家强教授), University of Birmingham