ABCP 2020, the Second ABCP Annual Conference 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. All participants will pay a registration fee of £100, but ABCP members will pay a reduced fee of £50. Non-ABCP members paying a standard fee (£100) can apply for being a member without paying the fee for one year (2020).

Venue: Bramall Music Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK (Google Maps)
Dates: 15 & 16 June, 2020

ABCP 2020

Online Registration

The official registration page is to be announced. Now we are running a survey to gather interests in attending the Conference:


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

Speakers and Special Guests

The following people have confirmed attendance as speakers or special guests. More are to be confirmed.

Programme (Tentative)

Day 1 – 15th June 2020

Invited keynote talks and panel discussions, including an HEI Forum for presidents and vice presidents of HEIs (higher education institutions) in China and the UK

Day 2 – 16th June 2020

Parallel sessions split into four thematic tracks: Artificial Intelligence, 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:


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.